Reunification: Children’s return home from care

“The role of the IRO is to review and improve care planning, to challenge drift and delay and to ensure that the right permanence plan is achieved. Good planning and review is essential to achieving timely permanence and the right care for looked after children.”

National IRO Managers Partnership

The role of the IRO is to review and improve care planning, to challenge drift and delay and to ensure that the right permanence plan is achieved. Good planning and review is essential to achieving timely permanence and the right care for looked after children.

The chance to build a trusting long-term relationship with a carer who shows their love, warmth and commitment on a day-to-day basis makes a world of difference.

Failures occur where care placements initially made as a short term measure drift and become ‘long term’ without a full assessment. This can result in confusion, frustration and upset resulting the placement breakdown at a later point. IROs have a crucial role in ensuring that all arrangements for children in care are appropriate and necessary.

Case study

The following example shows how IROs can use dispute processes to ensure  improvements to children’s stability and permanence outcomes.

Example courtesy of the South East Region:

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