7 minute briefings

7-minute briefings summarise key learning points taken from the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Report (CSPRs). Research suggests 7 minutes is the ideal time span to concentrate, and learning is more memorable.


It is a reminder to think about ‘application to practice’. This is a technique borrowed from the FBI for its simplicity and ability to keep readers focused and not distracted by other issues. In addition they identify what is expected to change to prevent similar incidents from happening again.

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

Briefings should promote discussions and not be included with other day to day issues, to ensure impact. Please consider these three questions with the briefing:

  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 cover a period in time to support learning; however, it must be noted that continual improvement means practice will change over time.


The following 7 minute briefing is available for use in your teams:


In June 2021 Alsami, a 14 year old Wandsworth boy, died by taking his own life. 

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.

Emotional wellbeing and mental health

The emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people is a growing concern both nationally and locally. Use this quick guide to assist in understanding how to recognise and respond to the early signs and indicators of emotional distress.