Membership of NAIRO

The National Association of Independent Reviewing Officers came into being on March 6th 2009.

The purpose of the Association is as follows:

To improve outcomes for looked after children in England, Wales and Channel Islands, by maximising the positive impact of the reviewing process. The ways that this purpose will be achieved may include:

>Strengthening the understanding and recognition of the role of the IRO
>Influencing the legal and policy framework for looked after children and the reviewing process at national and local level
>The development of a code of practice for IROs
>The promotion of high standards for the reviewing process for looked after children
>The development/commissioning/provision of high quality training for IROs

We do hope you decide to join. The more of us there are, the stronger our voice!

The Benefits of Membership

There are many important benefits that NAIRO brings to its members.

>Being part of an “IRO community”, which offers support, encouragement and advice for all our members
>Access to our online forum where members share ideas about improving practice and overcoming common difficulties
>The opportunity to influence law policy and practice and to participate in the campaigns that NAIRO conducts
>Access to a library of essential documents for IROs, including relevant law regulations and guidance, latest research about IRO practice and children in care, relevant court judgements and good practice documents
>Attendance at our annual conference and other events at a significantly reduced fee

Please choose membership option and you will be transferred to the PayPal payments page.

Note: payment is required before membership is activated. You will be required to complete a membership form once payment is confirmed.

How to Join

Please download and complete the membership application form and submit to the membership secretary.

Application Form for Membership
Application Form for Associate Membership


1 year membership

We believe it is in the interests of all IROs to join the association, to enjoy the benefits of:

A strengthened voice to influence policy and practice.

The development and enhancement of high standards of practice.

The promotion of training.

Access to the NAIRO discussion forum and membership area.
Membership is open to all Independent Reviewing Officers


1 year membership

Associate membership of the assocation is available at the same subscription, to people who are not practicing IROs, but who share the aims and objectives of the association. Associate Members will have the most of the benefits of full membership. The only restrictions are:

Associate Members will not be able to sit on the NAIRO Committee.

Associate Members will be able to attend AGMs and other meetings, but will not have formal voting rights.
NAIRO is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation that registered with the Charity Commission on 19th November 2014. Charity No: 1159275
NAIRO is governed by a Board of 12 Trustees who are elected annually to the membership.
To find out more about becoming a Trustee of NAIRO or helping the work of the organisation in any please contact
Our aim is to give all young people in care a voice.
Maggie Duggins, Chair of NAIRO

To contact NAIRO please email us at