"Gatekeeping," as it is used on this web site, is the process of referring children and families to appropriate services or care arrangements with the aim of limiting the number of inappropriate placements. Gatekeeping is an essential tool in diverting children from unnecessary initial entry into alternative care, and reducing the numbers of children entering institutions. Gatekeeping is often carried out by social welfare professionals or trained staff at institutions, but is often aided by members of the community and local service providers.


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Mary Mitchell - Child & Family Social Work,

This article reports on a qualitative study, which sought to retrospectively understand the contribution family group conferencing (FGC) makes to longer‐term outcomes for children at risk of entering State care and their families.

Helen Whincup, Maggie Grant, Cheryl Burgess, Nina Biehal - Universities of Stirling, York, and Lancaster in collaboration with Adoption and Fostering Alliance (AFA) Scotland,

The Decision making for children report is one strand of the Permanently Progressing? study. In this strand, during 2015-17, 160 decision makers were interviewed across Scotland mainly in groups, but some individually.

Svein Arild Vis, Camilla Lauritzen, Sturla Fossum - International Social Work,

The primary aim of this study is to summarise research findings about the use of assessment frameworks, that is, structured models that guide information collection and decision making in child protection services, by reviewing the literature.

Anne-Fleur W. K. Vischer, Erik J. Knorth, Hans,Grietens, Wendy J. Post - Children and Youth Services Review,

In order to gain insight into the role that decision-making plays in family preservation practice, the authors of this article studied decision-making within a family preservation (FP)-intervention program provided by the Expertise Center.

Patricia Fronek, Robert Common, Karen Smith Rotabi, Johnny Statham - Journal of Human Rights and Social Work,

This short human rights in action article takes a critical approach to the translation of policy to practice and highlights risks involved with haste, outcomes measured in numbers and unrealistic timeframes, and rapidly transforming practice with nascent investment in a country’s capacity to assess and respond to the real needs of children and families within their communities.

Jennifer Rafeedie, Sharon M. Hudson, Alexis Deavenport-Saman, Sheela Rao, Karen Rogers, Suzanne Roberts - Children and Youth Services Review,

Utilizing case examples, this discussion paper examines foster care decisions that disrupt important child-caregiver relationships.

Jelena Zumbach, Peter Wetzels, Ute Koglin - Child Abuse & Neglect,

In an explorative manner, the current study investigates variables that influence psychological evaluators’ recommendations in child protection cases.

Eileen Munro - Child & Family Social Work,

In this article, the argument is made for having a positive error culture in child protection to improve decision‐making and risk management.

Cora Bartelink, Erik J. Knorth, Mónica López López, Carien Koopmans, Ingrid J. Ten Berge, Cilia L.M. Witteman, Tom A. Van Yperen - Child Abuse & Neglect,

This study focuses on workers’ rationales in placement decisions in child abuse cases in the Netherlands.

Ministry of Cults and Religion, Kingdom of Cambodia,

This Wat Sangkahak Komar policy (or Child Safeguarding Policy) is part of the comprehensive mechanism within pagodas in Cambodia to respond to suspected and reported cases of violence against or abuse of children.