Seven Minute Briefings

7-minute briefings are based on research which suggests that seven minutes is an optimal time span in which to concentrate and learn.  The technique is widely used in other professions.  Learning for seven minutes is manageable in most settings and learning is more memorable because it is simple and not clouded by other issues and pressures.

How to use the briefings

A team leader, manager or safeguarding lead should deliver the briefing face to face to their team.  Briefings are an invitation to think and allow the team to discuss the content, reflect on practice and enhance learning.

Briefings should be presented regularly and should not be mixed with the ordinary day to day issues of the team.  Each briefing ends with discussion points which teams can use if there is time but can also be omitted if necessary.  However, allowing sufficient time for discussion is likely to enhance learning further.

After the briefing

Use the 7-Minute Briefing Action Plan to record your discussions and any learning or recommendations that the team has identified.  This can help with service development and improvement.

See the 7-minute briefings below to find out more.

What is a 7 Minute Briefing?

7 Minute Briefing Action Plan (Word)

7 Minute Briefing – Adolescent to Parent Violence and Abuse

7 Minute Briefing – Capacity and Self-Determination (Jersey) Law 2016

7 Minute Briefing – Child Neglect

7 Minute Briefing – Dark Web

7 Minute Briefing – Discriminatory Abuse, Hate Crime and Mate Crime

7 Minute Briefing – Domestic Abuse

7 Minute Briefing – Elder Abuse

7 Minute Briefing – Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

7 Minute Briefing – Graded Care Profile 2

7 Minute Briefing – Harmful Sexual Behaviour

7 Minute Briefing – How to Write a Seven Minute Briefing

7 Minute Briefing – Information Sharing

7 Minute Briefing – Low Level Concerns About Adult Behaviour Towards Children

7 Minute Briefing – Making Safeguarding Personal

7 Minute Briefing – Modern Slavery

7 Minute Briefing – Pre-Birth Protocol

7 Minute Briefing – Professional Curiosity

7 Minute Briefing – Repeat of Article 79 (smacking)

7 Minute Briefing – Resolving Professional Differences

7 Minute Briefing – Sudden Unexplained Death in Infancy (SUDI)

7 Minute Briefing – Supervision

7 Minute Briefing – Understanding Child in Need

7 Minute Briefing – What Helps Children Tell? Child Sexual Abuse Disclosure


Future briefings

If you or your team have suggestions for future briefings you would find helpful, contact the Training Department at  If you would like to write your own, see the guide below.

SPB Guide To Writing a 7 Minute Briefing