"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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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.

Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY) of Cambodia,

This Guideline aims to further provide technical guidance to child protection workers in Cambodia to better respond to the child protection risks during a COVID-19 pandemic through case management, including psychosocial support.

Annie E. Casey Foundation,

This paper from the Annie E. Casey Foundation provides guidance for state child welfare agencies on what to consider when developing a preventive practice model that aligns with the requirements of Family First, addresses the unique needs of families within local communities and ensures that selected programs and practices are feasible to implement with quality.

Jeri L. Damman, Michelle Johnson‐Motoyama, Susan J. Wells, Kelly Harrington - Child & Family Social Work,

As part of a larger project on decision‐making at intake, this systematic review addressed the question of the factors associated with worker decisions to investigate alleged maltreatment referrals.

Judith Masson, Ludivine Garside, Sean Jenney - Child & Family Social Work,

This paper explores the potential of data linkage to contribute to understanding interactions between care proceedings and care demand, the examination of changes in practice through the analysis of cohorts of children in the care system, or receiving services, and the provision of feedback to those working in the family justice system on the outcomes of care proceedings for children in the UK.