Chronologies and Genograms Guidance

The purpose of this practice guidance is to provide practitioners with an outline of what a chronology is, how they can be used and what their limitations are. Findings from numerous Serious Case Review enquiries and reports into the care of children and vulnerable adults have concluded that a chronology could have supported the earlier identification of risks to the child. This guidance provides a chronology format for use by all agencies to promote consistency of practice across Bedfordshire.


In May 2022, the 'Chronologies and Genograms Guidance' document was updated and the 'Pan Bedfordshire Chronology Practice Guidance' document was added.