Today we publish our report 'Chronologies in Adult Support and Protection: Moving from Current to Best'

Published in News on 5 Jun 2023

We are delighted to publish our report into chronology practice in Adult Support and Protection (ASP).

Chronologies in Adult Support and Protection: moving from current to best

'Chronologies in Adult Support and Protection: Moving from Current to Best' describes scoping research undertaken by Iriss for the Scottish Government in support of the Adult Support and Protection (ASP) National Improvement Plan (Scottish Government, 2019), and the work of the ASP National Implementation Group. The latter was formed to support both national and local implementation of the revisions of the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007: Code of Practice (2022).

Chronologies are of ‘central importance’ (Care Inspectorate, 2017) to practice across children and adult services, however, there is evidence which highlights persistent challenges with effective chronology practice, as discussed throughout this scoping research. This report draws together findings from existing evidence and captures views from interviews and a survey, to highlight effective practice and explore barriers. The research findings have informed a set of interventions which aim to lever parts of the system, both practical and cultural, to help improve chronology practice and address the implementation gap between training, guidance, tools, and practice. The interventions provide a framework for discussion, planning and co-design of next steps, with key stakeholders. The report will be shared across the ASP sector to promote a collaborative approach to learning and the development of timely, effective, and robust chronologies in ASP practice.

For more information about the research, please contact Ellen Daly, Development Lead at Iriss (