Gatekeeping learning module

Gatekeeping learning module

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Welcome to the Child Centred Policing learning module for gatekeepers. In this short course, we will cover the following:

  • Trauma informed Policing and Adverse Childhood Experiences

  • Form 370 with a trauma informed lens

  • The role of partners

  • Case studies

Adverse Childhood Experiences

Further information

The following optional videos will support your understanding of Adverse Childhood Experience:

Full Ted talk with Nadine Burke Harris

Public Health Wales: Adverse Childhood Experiences


The following websites provide further information:

Royal Society for Public Health – ACE


  • In this section, we look at the form 370 and how it is used by officers and partners to determine how to deal with youth offenders.

  • We will look at understanding the complexities of gatekeeping offences where children are the offender, taking into account their own vulnerabilities.

  • We will also look at possible disposal outcomes and how they are utilised by the Youth Offending Service (YOS).

In this video, Chief Inspector Joe Mathews talks about the gatekeeping process, what you should be taking into account and how a youth offending decision needs to take into account a number of important factors, both from within policing and from our partners.
We will also hear from the Youth Offending service regarding what happens once the form 370 is submitted to them.

Case Law

In the audio below, Inspector Mathews discusses the significant case law that can be applied to decision making (4m)

Children’s Homes

Inspector Mathews continues by discussing the decision making process for childrens homes and the 10 point check list. (6m30s)


In this video, Matt Wilcox from Devon Youth Offending Service talks about the disposal options available to young people, and how they are best utilised to achieve the best outcome for the young offender, victim and community.

Out of Court Disposal (OoCD) panel

In this section, we look at the work of our partners by looking at the processes included as part of the Out of Court Disposal (OoCD) panel. The above video provides you with an understanding of the panel, it’s members and the decision making process to determine the outcome for offences by young people.

If you are viewing this on a force computer, you can download a copy of the latest form 370 by clicking the button below.

Form 370

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

The Convention has 54 articles that cover all aspects of a child’s life and set out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights that all children everywhere are entitled to. It also explains how adults and governments must work together to make sure all children can enjoy all their rights.
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National Strategy for the Policing of Children & Young People

In this strategy we have set out our key principles which we believe are important when policing children and young people. In order to provide focus, we have aligned the strategy with the four priority areas identified within the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children Report “Its all about trust; building good relationships between children and the police.”
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Crime and Disorder Act 1998

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Youth Justice Board for England and Wales Strategic Plan 2019‒22

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DPP Code for Crown Prosecutors


Working together to safeguard children

Statutory guidance on inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

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Case Studies

This video provides you with a couple of example case studies, that enables you to question how you could come to a gatekeeping decision. It utilises the trauma informed approach to policing to determine the best outcome for all involved.

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