Central Bedfordshire Children in Care Council

My Reviews, My Views, My Life

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The main job of an Independent Review Officer (IRO) is to make sure your care plan meets your needs. They will do this by chairing your review meeting and letting you have your say within your review.  It is important that your IRO knows how you feel and what you want to happen. The IRO is there is promote your voice and will support you to get an advocate if you need help to make your feelings and wishes heard.

When a young person is looked after the law says that the care which is provided must be reviewed on a regular basis, this means that regular review meetings will take place. When you first become looked after, the first meeting has to take place within 20 days, the next one will be after 3 months and then following meetings will take place every 6 months.

The review meeting is your meeting and will involve all the people who are involved in your care, your social worker, foster carers and if appropriate your parents and someone from your school.

‘You should go to your meeting, they may be boring and very long but discussions will be taking place about you, so you need to be there so that you can also be part of those discussions and that your views are heard .’ CiCC member.

Before the meeting you will meet with your allocated IRO ( Independent Review Officer) and you will be asked about your wishes and feelings. You will also be sent a consultation booklet which you can write down your wishes and feelings about your care, what you like and what you dislike. You may want to take this to your meeting to help you remember what you want to say.

Your IRO should listen to you about how the review meeting is run and who you think should attend, you may prefer to have a smaller meeting with less people. Speak to your IRO about the location, time and date of the meeting.

The meeting will be chaired by your independent reviewing officer, each review must always consider if there needs to be any changes in your care plan. The review should allow you to discuss the things that matter to you and as you get older, especially if you are preparing to leave care then you will be encouraged to chair your own review.

Some of the discussions which will take place at your review may be about

  • Contact arrangements with friends and family
  • Your education and what progress you have made
  • Hobbies and interests
  • Your health
  • Your placement and if it meets your needs
  • If you require any further assistance, advice or support in any aspect of your life

After the meeting you will be sent a copy of the review record which the computer system calls ‘LAC Chairs report/Updated Care plan.’

This will include all the discussions which took place and then some recommendations which are made following the discussions. If you need to discuss any of the information then contact you Independent Review Officer, Social Worker or Foster Carer.

If you would like further information about your review meeting please speak to your Social Worker or Independent Review Officer .

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