Occupational profile and tasks
Social education workers and social workers deal with the prevention, processing and resolution of social problems. They advise and support individual persons, families or groups of persons in difficult situations. Their places of work include young people’s homes, children’s homes, old people’s homes, youth welfare offices, family and addiction advice centres and self-help groups.
How is training structured? What qualifications are there?
A professional qualification at the level of a higher education degree is required. This higher education qualification may be a Bachelor or Masters in Social Work or Social Studies and can be completed at Universities of Applied Sciences or Universities of Cooperative Education. Universities also sometimes offer relevant courses. Students are required to undertake professional placements as part of their programme of study. A Master’s degree is often required for those wishing to progress to a management position. Following successful completion of a Bachelor degree, application for state recognition must be made to the competent body of the respective federal state. In order to obtain state recognition, it may be necessary to demonstrate one year of professional experience. Those who have acquired state recognition are entitled to use the titles of “state-recognised social education worker” or “state-recognised social worker”.