Using Chronologies in Analysis and Decision Making

Course Aim:

This course will help participants gain an understanding of the importance of good chronologies. Chronologies are a useful tool to think critically about the needs of children, young people and their families.

Chronologies can be used as part of reflective practice to view patterns of how families change over time and how to help families and staff plan for times when more support will be required.

Course outcomes: 

By the end of the course participants will have had an opportunity to:

  • Think about how they currently use chronologies. What they do well and what they are working to improve (using service guidelines if possible).
  • Analyse information from a chronology -to identify patterns, analyse strengths and risks and to see how the chronology informs how plans and decisions are made.
  • To compile a chronology 1) with peers debating what information needs to be included and then 2) individually.
  • Prepare to use chronologies in their work with children, young people and their families.