Social Work - Youth and Family Welfare Services (B.A.)

Youth and Family
Welfare Services

A requirement of the different working areas in the study programme is the necessity of specialised personnel to engage with children, adolescents and their families. They should be capable of understanding their individual circumstances, problems and social situations in their respective contexts and developing help and support mechanisms derived from these together with those concerned. A more general level of professional competence is, therefore, expected in this context, due to the diversity of the duties involved. This encompasses both the selection and application of methods and concepts in case-related work with different client groups and the supervision, planning and coordination of help and support providers.


12Weeks of Theory

14Weeks of Practice

3Years of studies

210ECTS Points

Bachelor of Arts

Contents of the study programme in brief

The specialised academic knowledge and practical skills and the methodological know-how and social competences required for the qualified performance of duties in youth and family welfare services focus on the following major areas:

  • The mission of child protection and early assistance
  • Parenting assistance
  • Systematic analysis of youth and family welfare services and their organisational and development requirements
  • Problems and living circumstances of clients
  • Methods and concepts
  • Legal basis and financing of services
  • Reflection on professional role and professional ethics
  • Sociopolitical frameworks and perspectives

In addressing and engaging with these major aspects of the study programme, students gain nuanced skills and competence regarding the legal, structural and methodological requirements involved in the approach of social work to addressing youth and family assistance, counselling and problem-solving in parenting questions, the provision and coordination of assistance, professional appraisal, the development of concepts and cooperation.

This three-year study programme culminates in 210 ECTS points and the academic degree Bachelor of Arts.

Career following studies

Graduates of this study programme can play a variety of roles in the area of prevention, counselling, support and education of children and adolescents and their families in youth welfare offices, social welfare offices, social services offered by public and private providers for early childhood parenting, in residential care, youth work, with counselling providers and in socio-spatial projects.

Jonas Andris studiert an der Fakultät Sozialwesen "Soziale Arbeit – Jugend-, Familien- und Sozialhilfe".
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Internationales Vollzeitstudium

Sie haben einen Schul- oder vielleicht sogar Hochschulabschluss im Ausland erworben und möchten nun gerne bei uns ein komplettes Studium bis zum Bachelorabschluss absolvieren. Im Vollzeitstudium bieten wir keine 100% englischsprachigen Studiengänge an. Wenn Sie also gute Deutschkenntnisse haben und Ihr Abschluss anerkannt wird, können Sie unter denselben Voraussetzungen bei uns studieren, wie deutsche Schüler auch.

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Teaching staff

In addition to professors of the DHBW Villingen-Schwenningen, lecturers from other universities as well as specially qualified experts from companies and social institutions also provide content from their area of ​​specialization to our students. This ensures that practice-relevant know-how will be taught.


For further information,
please feel free to contact us

Prof. Dr. Andreas Polutta

Prof. Dr. Barbara Schramkowski