Dates: October 2015
Research Team: Prof Jonathan Dickens, Prof Gillian Schofield, Dr Chris Beckett, Dr Georgia Philip and Julie Young
Funder: ESRC


Effective care planning and implementation is essential for the wellbeing of children in care. It is the cornerstone for achieving permanent and stable placements, and the best possible outcomes for them.

The aim of this research study was to investigate how the care planning and review requirements were being put into practice, and in particular how the role of the IRO was developing. The study was undertaken by the Centre for Research on Children and Families at the University of East Anglia, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, and ran from Summer 2012 to Autumn 2014.