DJHT17 takes place from 18 to 20 May 2021 in Essen, Germany, returning to this city in the Ruhr region after its first appearance there in 2008. The agenda will feature major topical issues relevant to the under-27 age group.

The motto

The motto of DJHT17 is “We create future – now!”   
The child and youth welfare community is fully aware of its child and youth policy mission and its responsibilities towards today’s young generation. One the one hand, an urgent need for long-term action at various levels has been identified; on the other, the community is already engaged in working with young people to shape the future. Hence the motto of DJHT17 is “We create future – now!”

19 carefully chosen terms illustrate the meaning behind the motto. They help to visualise what the future ought to look like from the point of view of the child and youth welfare community and also of young people. 

These terms are:





















The motto and these underlying terms represent the conceptual framework of DJHT17. Topics to be covered include child protection, democracy, digitalisation, sustainability and inclusion. 

DJHT17: first major hybrid event in the field of child and youth welfare

In its meeting on 2nd/3rd July 2020, the AGJ management board decided to hold the 17th German Child and Youth Welfare Congress as a hybrid event. The on-site event is to take place from 18th to 20th May 2021 at the fairgrounds of Messe Essen in compliance with strict governmental requirements. DJHT17 will also be extended by digital elements. Thus, DJHT17 is the first major hybrid event in the field of child and youth welfare.

The decision to hold DJHT17 in 2021 underlines how important German Child and Youth Welfare Congresses are to professionals in child and youth welfare as well as its intersections. The structures of child and youth welfare need professional exchange and encounters, especially in these turbulent times. DJHT17 in Essen will remain the place for this and will also go online!

At DJHT17 there will be a European Dimension again, both at the on-site event and in the digital space. Participating in the DJHT online should be of particular advantage for international visitors, especially with regard to possible travel restrictions. The digital component offers professionals from all over Europe the opportunity to come together and network even more easily.


The digital expansion opened up a wide range of possibilities for potential hosts of events at the congress in terms of choosing their event formats and thus also in terms of designing their events themselves. At DJHT17, the events will take place either in analogue, hybrid or digital form. By the application deadline on 15 October 2020, a total of 277 events had been submitted. Among them are approx. 30 events on European topics, which will be translated into English during DJHT17. Due to limited capacities of the congress in terms of time and space, the AGJ office will create a selection of the events. The AGJ management board will decide at the beginning of December 2020 which events can finally be held.


Approx. 381 non-commercial and commercial organisations from the field of child and youth welfare and its intersections will present themselves at the on-site exposition. The layout planning of exhibitor stands at the on-site exposition is currently being created by Messe Essen in compliance with hygiene and distance rules.

Besides the on-site exposition, DJHT17 offers a special highlight for the exhibitors: there will be an online exposition which is currently being developed especially for DJHT17. All exhibitors at the on-site event can appear online at the digital exposition free of charge. In addition, we would like to enable further organisations of child and youth welfare to be active designers of the digital exposition and to book an online exhibition stand for a fee.

The digital exposition tool is to be presented at the online host conference in the first quarter of 2021.

European institutions from the field of child and youth welfare are warmly invited to become designers of an online exposition stand.

More detailed information on the digital exposition, on the design of your online exposition stand and on the registration procedure will probably be available at the beginning of 2021.

The European professional programme

As with previous DJHTs, DJHT17 will also feature a European professional programme, implemented by AGJ together with its cooperation partner JUGEND für Europa, Germany’s National Agency for the EU programmes Erasmus+ Youth in Action and the European Solidarity Corps.

The conference will comprise around 30 expert events with a European focus. The exposition will incorporate a Marketplace Europe, where child and youth welfare organisations and facilities with a European or international focus will present their work.

Information about the exposition

In Halls 1 and 3 at the Essen fairground, numerous non-commercial and commercial exhibitors from all areas of child and youth welfare will be presenting their services, ideas and projects on a surface of approx. 23.000 m². The exposition and congress are located very closely to each other which ensures a high visitor frequency for both elements of the DJHT.

Organisations working with a European focus will present themselves at Marketplace Europe: an area especially highlighted and centrally located at the exposition.


Please address any questions to Ms Antonia Dautz, who is responsible for organisational matters. She can be reached by phone on +49 (0)30 400 40 230 or by e-mail at djht[at]