Participation of professionals in the assistance for education
Participation is essential in the daily work of social workers with children and young people. The clients of aids for upbringing should be “empowered” and get access to supportive structures. At the same time, little is known about the influence of social workers’ participation on their labour process. Which access do the employees have? Which design parameters are applied? What implications does this aspect of participation have for work in stationary child and youth care? In order to answer these questions, the labour-sociological subproject of geste will proceed in two-steps.
In order to get an overview of the field, experts (e.g. trade union representatives, executive management, employees of the youth welfare office) from Germany and England are currently interviewed about structural aspects. These expert interviews will be completed and evaluated by the end of the year 2020.
The employee survey will start in the beginning of 2021. The employees will be interviewed about their subjective approaches, perspectives and strategies to their participation opportunities.
Qualitative interviews are conducted for both steps and evaluated accordingly in a qualitative paradigm.
In September, the evaluation of the employee interviews from England was completed.
The employee interview data collection in England has been completed.
In September 2022, the geste project participated in the status meeting of the BMBF funding line “Teilhabe und Gemeinwohl” to present and discuss the project interim results.
In September 2022, the geste project participated in the 41st Congress of the German Sociological Association in Bielefeld to present and discuss the interim results of the project, focusing on the effects of the economization of the field of child and youth welfare on the collectivization strategies and potentials of employees and users.
The evaluation of the german employee interviews has been completed.
We are happy to welcome Viktoria Schneider as student assistant in our team.
We are happy to welcome Lara Rowitz as research associate in our project.
In July, the employee collection of data through expert interviews in Germany and England was completed.
In May 2021, the collection of data through employee interviews has begun.
A flyer describing the project has been created. (german) https://residentialcare-youthvoice.co.uk/content/uploads/2021/07/Flyer_geste_Kontakt-aktualisiert.pdf
Klußmann, Coco; Underwood, Lukas (2021): Participationas power struggle – researching the labour process in residential child and youth care in Germany. In: Social Work & Society, Volume 19, Issue 1. ISSN 1613-8953 http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:hbz:464-sws-2516
In July, the survey and evaluation of the expert interviews in Germany and England was completed. Furthermore, the survey of the employee perspective was started in May 2021.
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Menz
Tel.: +49 40 42838-9889
Coco Klußmann, M.A.
Tel.: +49 40 42838-7918
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