"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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Changing the Way We Care (CTWWC),

A fost efectuată atât analiza ghidurilor naționale cât și internaționale, a proceselor standard de operare, a instrumentelor și a materialelor pentru Managementul de caz (MC) pentru a identifica punctele forte și lacunele.

Bryn King, Tara Black, Barbara Fallon, Yu Lung - Children and Youth Services Review,

This study uses longitudinal administrative data to assess the decision to transfer a family to ongoing child welfare services within twelve months of an initial investigation.

Sonya J. Leathers, Roni Diamant-Wilson, Jill E. Spielfogel, Lee Annes, Amy Thomas, Shirlyn Garrett-Wilson - Children and Youth Services Review,

This research focused on a U.S. statewide program that uses team decision-making meetings to identify needs and plan services for youth who are at risk for instability while in foster care.

Lyson Phiri, Drosin Mulenga, Nancy Choka, Caila Brander, Nachela Chelwa, Nkomba Kayeyi - Population Council,

This case study was employed to understand actors, perceptions and document best practices by the ZAMFAM program, a project aimed at improving the care and resilience of vulnerable populations while supporting HIV epidemic control in Zambia.

James D. Simon - Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research,

this study examines the relationship between needs, matched services, and child protective services (CPS) re-report. 

Changing the Way We Care,

The tips in this guidance should be considered to ensure gatekeeping procedures continue to remain effective or in some cases are strengthened during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Changing the Way We Care,

Este documento presenta recomendaciones para garantizar que los procedimientos del mecanismo de prevención de la institucionalización continúen siendo efectivos o, en algunos casos, se fortalezcan durante la pandemia de la COVID-19.

Paul H. Harnett & Gerald Featherstone - Children and Youth Services Review,

The authors of this study draw on the decision-making ecology model of judgement and decision making in child protection to speculate on possible causes of false positive errors in decision making regarding the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families.

Audria Choudhury - Institutionalised Children Explorations and Beyond,

This article looks at how Miracle Foundation applies principles of trauma-informed care (TIC) at every stage: from intake and care at a CCI while awaiting placement, to preparing children and families for transition, and finally to supporting post-placement.

Floor Middel, Mónica López López, John Fluke, Hans Grietens - Child Abuse & Neglect,

The authors of this study investigated whether migration background and the gender of the parent who maltreated the child seem associated with the decision whether a case was opened for continuing services.