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7 Minute Briefs

Seven Minute Briefs - Resource for all

We have introduced ‘seven minute briefings’ to allow managers to deliver a short briefing to staff on key topics – they can also be used to support reflective discussion with practitioners.

7 minute briefings are based on a technique borrowed from the FBI! Research suggests that seven minutes is an ideal time span to concentrate and learning is more memorable as it is simple and not clouded by other issues and pressures. Their brief duration should also mean that they hold people’s attention, as well as giving managers something to share with their staff.

Clearly such short briefings will not have all the answers, but it is hoped that they will act as a catalyst to help teams and their managers to reflect on their practice and systems. The expectation is that team leaders will present briefings to their staff, on a regular basis – seven minutes is manageable in most services so why not discuss one in your next team meeting?

Our briefings will be issued on a regular basis, providing a mixture of new information or a reminder of basic information with challenge for teams to think about the application to practice within their teams. 

We also publish a 7 minute briefing a part of each Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR) and Child Safeguarding Practice Review (CSPR) learning pack.

We encourage all agencies to record or evidence how they have used our 7 minute briefings on the SSP 7MB Action Plan proforma.

The briefings can be downloaded from the table below.

Seven Minute Brief's Date Published

What is a Seven Minute Brief

May 2020
What is a Rapid Review May 2020
Child Protections Standards May 2020
GCP2 June 2020
Private Fostering July 2020
Early Help Sept 2020