The DJHT, also referred to in German as Deutscher Kinder- und Jugendhilfetag – the German Child and Youth Welfare Congress – is Europe’s biggest child and youth welfare summit.

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 and 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. What is more, 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 (health, school, law, employment, etc.). The audience is just as diverse, attracting social workers, scouts, daycare 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. Attending the events is also highly recommended for all interested individuals, even for entire families, for whom a full range of informational and interactive family-themed events is offered for all ages.

The DJHT’s expert conference and expert fair, 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 on the lives of children and young people. German Child and Youth Welfare Congresses make a valuable contribution towards assisting children and young people in growing up successfully while helping the child and youth welfare community to develop and evolve.

Exposition

A large number of organisations and institutions working in child and youth welfare and related fields of activity don’t just attend the DJHT, they also play an active role in shaping its agenda. They can participate in the exposition as commercial or non-commercial exhibitors, giving the many visitors and experts an in-depth insight into their valuable work. The around 380 exhibitors appreciate the exposition as a space for personal interaction that is ideal for networking, getting to know potential new staff, engaging in a dialogue among professionals, learning from each other’s experiences and producing new ideas.

Conference

The agenda of the conference comprises around 200 events on a broad variety of themes, allowing professionals to acquire essential knowledge and benefit from valuable input. Participants attend informative presentations and inspiring workshops and learn about compelling case studies and innovative concepts. They also hear about new insights, methods, approaches and debates at play in the research community and among practitioners, and are warmly invited to join the debate and share their experience and expertise.

The European Dimension

In recent years the DJHT has been extended to include a European dimension to appeal to a broader and more international expert audience and encourage a more international debate on current issues and trends in the child and youth welfare field. The European programme is fully integrated into the DJHT conference and exposition. It incorporates a wealth of European and international activities.