7 minute briefings

7 minute briefings summarise key learning points from Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews.


In addition to reviewing key learning points from CSPRs, 7 minute briefings identify what is expected to change to prevent similar incidents from happening again. 


The purpose of 7 minute briefings is to provide a summary of the full Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews (formerly Serious Case Reviews) and identify what is expected to change as a result of the learning to try to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future. This is a technique borrowed from the FBI for its simplicity and ability to keep readers focused and not distracted by other issues. Research suggests that this is the ideal time span to concentrate and learning is more memorable.

The 7 minute briefings will be a combination of information taken from the full SCR/CSPR and a reminder to think about ‘application to practice’. The structure will be the same to enable managers to become familiar with the format, The briefings do not have all the answers, they are a tool to enable teams to reflect on their practice and systems.

How to use them

7 minute briefings should be delivered face to face to promote discussions and not included with other day to day issues, to ensure impact. Please consider these 3 questions alongside the briefings:

  1. What are your key thoughts and reflections?
  2. How can we ensure the learning is embedded and how will we know this?
  3. How can we integrate the learning into team or service improvement plans?


The following 7 minute briefings are available for use in your teams:

Grace and Georgina

Georgina was brought to hospital in February 2018 by Ms G. Georgina was 10 months old and severely infected with Chicken Pox. A chest x-ray showed a healing rib fracture, further fractures were identified. All the injuries were suspected to be non-accidental.


In February 2018 Ms D woke to find her 15 day old baby, Darryll, was not breathing. Darryll was resuscitated at hospital but sadly died 5 days later. 

Child A

Child A was brought to hospital in March 2018 by his parents. Child A was 6 months old and had an abscess at the back of his throat which required surgery. Child A was assessed as being seriously underweight and malnourished. 4 days later a CT scan showed a rib fracture, suspected to be a non-accidental injury.


Frankie died aged 3 years in July 2016. The London Ambulance Service (LAS) was called to the family home and resuscitation attempts were made. Frankie was then transferred to hospital but died despite ongoing resuscitation attempts.

WSCP Adolescent Neglect Audit

This audit reviewed the quality of the child’s journey through 5 key areas of case management, assessment, planning, outcomes for child and partnership working.

Pre Birth Assessments and Pre-Birth Child Protection Guidance 2021-23

Where there are concerns about the safety and welfare of an unborn child, a pre-birth assessment must be undertaken as early as possible so that all relevant professionals can plan effectively to promote the baby’s welfare following birth. This briefing is intended to ensure that professionals understand that their responses are timely and have the required urgency.

Family History Quick Guide

Research studies, Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews, and file audits have repeatedly shown that family historical information is not given the attention that it should be given in assessing the needs of children (Rose and Barnes 208, Reder and Duncan 1999). Use this quick guide to understand more about obtaining family historical information.