"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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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.

Nina Biehal, Helen Baldwin, Linda Cusworth, Jim Wade, Victoria Allgar - Children and Youth Services Review,

This study compared the histories, circumstances and pathways of children receiving quasi-compulsory home-based support (under a child protection plan) to those for children ever placed in out of home care.

Susan Gair, Ines Zuchowski, Lyn Munns, Ros Thorpe, Debbie Henderson - Child & Family Social Work,

Reported here are findings from a recent partnership research project focused on optimizing grandparent contact and ongoing relationships with grandchildren after child safety concerns.

Hani Nouman, Guy Enosh, Amal Jarjoura - Research on Social Work Practice,

This study examined the four factors that might bias child risk assessment and recommendation of treatment for children at high risk among Arab social workers in Israel.

Udayan Care,

This is the report of the 3rd Biennial International Conference (3rd BICON) on “Evolving Trends in Alternative Care for Children in South Asia” that was convened by Udayan Care on March 16 & 17, 2018 at Amity University, Noida NCR (India).

Inger Kristin Heggdalsvik, Per Arne Rød, Kåre Heggen - Child & Family Social Work,

The article examines how 36 child welfare caseworkers in 6 different teams in Norway investigate, assess, and make decisions at the phase of an incoming referral.

Camilla Lauritzen, Svein A. Vis, Sturla Fossum - Child & Family Social Work,

The aim of the study was to conduct a systematic review of the literature on factors that determine decision making in child protection investigations.

Catholic Relief Services, 4Children Project,

This Manual includes background information, standard operating procedures with documentation tools and job aids on case management.

Coordinating Comprehensive Care for Children (4Children), Catholic Relief Services,

This case study is one in a series of case studies highlighting different aspects of a case management system and referral mechanisms utilized by OVC programs. The case study looks at the work of the Children in Distress Network (CINDI) in the uMgungundlovu District of KwaZulu-Natal Province (KZN) of South Africa.