The Child and Youth Welfare Association (AGJ) organises a DJHT every three or four years, with the first such event taking place in 1964. Attendance is free of charge. The DJHT is the biggest meet-up of its kind in the child and youth welfare community and related fields of activity across Europe. This three-day event is attended by around 30,000 experts and other interested individuals from all over Germany and Europe to exchange opinions, experiences and strengthen networks. The agenda features a wide range of events by researchers and practitioners representing many different perspectives, making the DJHT an ideal place for experts to learn and develop. Moreover, the DJHT provides an in-depth insight into current theoretical and practical debates in the child and youth welfare community and related fields of activity (such as health, school, law, employment, etc.). The audience is just as diverse attracting social workers, scouts, day-care teachers, outreach workers, youth welfare office directors, high-ranking Ministry representatives, policymakers and researchers. The DJHT is a fixture in the calendar for all experts, whether volunteers or full-time employees, who work with and for young people and their families. However, the DJHT is not just aimed at experts, attendance is encouraged for all interested individuals.
The DJHT’s conference and exposition, each with their own multi-faceted, diverse, informative and creative agendas, function as a communication platform, ideas exchange and future workshop all in one and are centred firmly around the lives of children and young people. The German Child and Youth Welfare Congress makes a valuable contribution towards assisting children and young people in growing up successfully. While also helping the Child and Youth Welfare Community to develop and evolve.