7 minute briefings

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

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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. 

Purpose 

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?

Briefings

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

Daryll 

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

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.