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Independent Reviewing Service

What is the Independent Reviewing Service?

This service is based in the East Riding Safeguarding Children unit. The Children's Independent Safeguarding and Reviewing Officers (CISROs) review the care plans of all the East Riding of Yorkshire Council's Looked After Children (LAC). Their independence is essential to enable effective challenge of practice and planning, and to ensure a timely and appropriate service to our children and young people in local authority care.

The 2010 Independent Review Officer's Handbook lays out the foundation of the role and responsibilities of these officers and an annual report is produced to reflect their achievements and performance.

Further information on the Independent Review Service can be found on the Department for Education website including the:

Independent Reviewing Officer handbook (external website)

LAC Reviews - Your Views Matter - Leaflet for Children and Young People (pdf 655kb opens in a new window)

The 2014/15 annual report can be downloaded here:

IRO Annual Report 2015/16 (pdf 676kb opens in a new window)

In challenging the legal responsibilities of East Riding of Yorkshire Council towards a child in their care, the CISROs can utilise the Dispute Resolution Process. This process can be downloaded here:

Dispute Resolution Service (pdf 410kb opens in a new window)

In addition to the completion of statutory LAC reviews, the CISROs monitoring and challenge inbetween reviews through a 'mid point check in'. This process can be downloaded here:

IRO Mid Point Check In Process (pdf  94kb opens in a new window)

 The Independent Reviewing Service have also produced a series of letters that are sent to children and young people, foster carers and parents to explain and introduce the service.  These can be found below:

IRO Introduction Letter for Children and Young People (pdf 335kb opens in a new window)

IRO Introduction Letter for Parents (pdf 119kb opens in a new window)

IRO Introduction Letter for Foster Carers (pdf 77kb opens in a new window)

IRO Introduction Letter for Prospective Adopters (pdf 87kb opens in a new window)