In February 2021, the Executives of Bexley Safeguarding Adults Board (BSAB) and Bexley S.H.I.E.L.D came together to consider the early learning from a Local Child Safeguarding Practice Review including where there were lessons for both partnerships around working with adults and children within one family by taking a joined-up approach (‘Think Family’).   The development of this protocol and practice guidance was agreed as a next step by both Executives to capture what Bexley means by Think Family and to set out best practice for all partner organisations to respond to. The protocol was first issued in September 2021. A refreshed version (with an updated action plan and strategic priorities) was issued in February 2024.

You can access the latest protocol and practice guidance below:

Bexley Think Family Protocol Practice Guidance Feb 2024

A checklist for practitioners has been developed to accompany the protocol:

Think Family checklist for practitioners 2021