BGW trend report for child and youth welfare: More demands, fewer specialists

Professional association for healthcare and welfare

Hamburg (ots)

What is the working environment like for employees in child and youth welfare services, and how can their situation be improved? The trend report “Future development between lockdown and knock-down. Child and youth welfare in Germany” provides answers. The trade union for healthcare and welfare (BGW) has now presented the report at the BGW forum “Safe and healthy in educational work”.

Increasing demands and increasing stress

A look at the industry shows that the professional requirements for specialists and managers have been constantly increasing for years. In day care, for example, there is a need for more competence in language development. Experts from BGW note that the burden on employees is increasing due to children with behavioral problems and increasing demands from parents. Verbal and physical attacks on employees are also becoming more common.

Although professional training is becoming increasingly important in the face of increasing demand, the proportion of employees who participated in a similar offer fell from 51 to 39 percent from 2019 to 2020 due to the pandemic. Frequently changing corona regulations and the sudden increase in digitization placed additional demands on employees. At the same time, managers in interviews expressed disappointment at the lack of public awareness of these burdens.

Frequent work under the personnel key

A significant lack of skilled labor is characteristic of child and youth welfare. BGW experts report that people often work understaffed to maintain day-to-day operations. In the facility management’s experience, it was also more difficult to recruit new employees in 2020 because personal job interviews and job shadowing were not possible or only difficult due to the pandemic. According to DIW Econ, the increasing need for skilled workers means that only about half as many employees are afraid of losing their jobs as in 2014. Satisfaction with income and work situation is relatively stable, but lower than in other professional groups.

As in many sectors, the corona pandemic has also made it clear in child and youth welfare how important it is to do more for the employees’ working environment. Managers report, for example, that the corona hygiene measures have had a positive effect on the health of their employees. Targeted further training of the management staff can also have a positive effect. BGW experts point out that a good working environment begins with an offensive confrontation with the existing burdens, especially in dialogue with the employees.

More info

The current trend report is available here:

This press release can also be found in BGW’s press center at There you will also find other current reports and the option to subscribe to them via e-mail service.

About BGW

The trade union for health care and welfare (BGW) is the statutory accident insurance for non-governmental institutions in the health care and welfare care. It is responsible for more than 9.1 million insured persons in around 660,000 companies. BGW supports its member companies with occupational safety and health protection. After an accident at work or an accident on the way to work or in the event of an occupational disease, it guarantees optimal medical treatment and adequate compensation and ensures that its insured can once again participate in professional and social life.

Press contact:

Professional Association for Health Services and Welfare (BGW)
Torsten Beckel and Mareike Berger
33/35/37 Poplar Avenue
22089 Hamburg
Telephone: (040) 202 07-27 14

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