Practice Guidance for Multi-Agency Chronologies

The NSCP recently undertook a pilot to develop the use of multi-agency chronologies in the child protection conference arena in the summer/autumn 2023. 

1st May, 2024

Chronology Word Cloud
Chronology Word Cloud

We are pleased to publish the final practice guidance and some exemplars for you to cascade within your agencies.  This is a really exciting development as it will enable the professional networks and the families they are working with to be really clear about the key practice episodes, and the risks and impact on the child/ren they are worried about. 

This is innovative practice and based on what works well as identified by Research in Practice.  Norfolk is ahead of the game now and the aim is to ensure that these chronologies are used at all different stages in the child’s journey as the practice becomes embedded.  This will not only enable us to maintain oversight of the child’s lived experience over time but should also reduce the amount of time required in writing lengthy and potentially siloed reports.

The guidance is published on the on the Norfolk Continuum of Needs Guidance page under the Genograms and Chronologies Resources and Guidance Section and plans are in place to promote at the neglect champion workshops in June and July this year.  We would encourage any champions in your agencies to sign up for the workshops. Please read this flyer for more information. 

The NSCP has a task & finish group working on monitoring the use of MA Chronologies and are committed to promoting this way of working through clear comms.  We will be filming some webinars over the summer with frontline staff and senior leaders to further support these messages.  Watch this space!