The project ” Erzieherische Hilfen als Arbeit am Gemeinwohl – Zwischen wirkungsorientierter Steuerung und gleichberechtigter Teilhabe in Deutschland und Großbritannien” – geste, in short – is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in the funding guideline “Teilhabe und Gemeinwohl”, thematic area ” Ökonomische und strukturelle Aspekte von Teilhabe und Gemeinwohl” from spring 2020 to autumn 2023.

Academic Partners

The University of Siegen is represented by Prof. ‘in Zoë Clark. She coordinates the overall project and leads the sub-project Participation and Welfare in out-of-home care. She is a recognised expert in the fields of youth research, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and child and youth welfare research. Her central research focus is on a justice-theoretical foundation of the research perspective, especially the capability approach. A strong integration into the international discourse on youth, childhood and justice is interwoven with this.

The University of Hamburg is represented by Prof. Wolfgang Menz. He heads the sub-project “Participation of Professional Professionals in Help for Education”. He has been researching questions of work and organisational sociology for 20 years. His primary research focuses on interest politics, participation and involvement of employees, interactive work in contact between professionals and clients in social services, and normative demands of employees.

The Royal Holloway University of London is represented by Prof. ‘in Anna Gupta. She coordinates the empirical part in England: Through Anna Gupta’s longstanding networking with different projects of Service User Involvement she opens field access to the various actors and interest groups and complements the project with her expertise on participatory research methods and participation cultures in residential institutions in England

Partners from Practice

Momo – Voices of Disconnected Youth – Hamburg

MOMO – The voice of disconnected youth is an organisation by young people for young people. They are committed to the participation of homeless youths and careleavers: “Many people know the feeling of not having a voice to shape their own lives or that their own voice has no weight. That is why we exist.”

Miko – Stiftung für Kinder- Jugend und Soziale Hilfen

Miko is a not-for-profit provider of child and youth welfare services with several locations in Hamburg, Pinneberg and Bremen.

Home Support Hamburg

Home Support Hamburg supports adolescents and young adults who priorly stayed in youth care services and move out into their own homes.


The Diakonie  is the social work of the Protestant churches. It offers a wide range of services for children and young people and their families. From nativity scenes, day care centers and evangelical schools to support services, housing groups, streetwork and youth social work. The focus is on education, education, the promotion of development and equal opportunities.


The social and alternative welfare association – SOAL, in short – was founded in July 1985 by parents and employees from social projects and is not committed to any political or religious direction, but considers itself to be a lobby for all members. One of the main pillars of SOAL is its grassroots-oriented, dedicated and partial advisory work in the interest of the welfare of children, parents, employees and providers.

ReFrame Collective

The Reframe Collective is a collective of individuals from a range of backgrounds (birth parents, social workers, lawyers, psychologists and academics) who are passionate about seeing transformation in systems that support and work with parents. They aim to reframe dominant narratives by highlighting the context and inequalities involved in the child protection system, and the hidden impact this process has on those involved.


GANGWAY e.V. was founded in 1992 and since then has been a non-profit, independent and recognised provider of youth welfare services in Hamburg. GANGWAY supports children, adolescents, young adults and entire families in difficult life situations in various stationary, ambulant and socio-spatial welfare services and school projects.

Werkstatt Solidarität Essen

The Werkstatt Solidarität Essen gGmbH is an independent, approved youth welfare organisation. It is active in the context of stationary and ambulant educational support by providing intensively assisted individual living, follow-up care, street care and the care of unaccompanied minor refugees in Essen and Duisburg. The starting point for the care are the unique interests, abilities and needs of the young people and their factual life situation: “The children and young people with all their peculiarities as individuals should be placed at the centre of attention. They are not objects of pedagogical efforts, but self-responsible subjects and symptom carriers. It is about them, and only with them is it possible”.


DBSH – the German professional association for social work is a recognized professional association and representative for the social work profession in Germany. The DBSH is also a trade union for the members of the profession and as such a member of the »dbb« (German Association of Officials and Bargaining Union).


The United Services Union (ver.di) represents around 2 million employees from various service professions and sectors. It is the second largest trade union in Germany and a member of the German Federation of Trade Unions (DGB).