Mandy Lee, Safeguarding Manager –
Children presented the Annual Report of the Independent Reviewing
Officer Service 2015 - 16 and responded to the Board’s
questions on the Annual Report.
The Board welcomed the ten core entitlements
for looked after children and care leavers. They also welcomed that it would remain a priority
of Safeguarding to improve and have more regular reporting to the
safeguarding service in respect of: timeliness of
reviews/conferences; participation; quality assurance information;
and RAG rating and timeliness of responses.
In addition to the information contained
within the report it was reported that:
Independent Reviewing Officers were required to have a Social
Social Workers are responsible for managing a child or care
leaver’s case. IRO’s are
not the case managers but they have a caseload of reviews.
The Service intents to improve on how it ensures that looked after
children and care leavers are made aware of their rights and
Young people could access the electronic child consultation tool
‘Mind Of My Own’ app and talk about the preparations
for their own reviews. A briefing note
on the app would be included on the agenda for the next
- That the Annual Report of the
Independent Reviewing Officer Service 2015 - 16 be received and
That for the purposes of future Annual Reports, where Looked After
Children Reviews go outside the statutory timescales or where
children do not participate in their reviews, the reasons be
included in the Annual Report.