Doctoral Student

Anja Eichhorn, Master of Social Work

Qualification project

(Re-)Constructions of Being A Parent as a Consequence of Residential Child Care

The main purpose of residential child care (Heimerziehung) is to ensure the wellbeing of children and adolescents as well as to promote their development, education and participation. In addition, child and youth welfare services shall improve upbringing conditions in birth families. In impact studies on residential child care, which focus on the biographical development of young people, co-operation with (birth) parents is recognised as an important impact factor. Careleaver research and discourses on ombuds offices for child and youth care offer an increasing insight into young people’s perspectives on residential child care (and other forms of upbringing support). How (birth) parents experience residential child care is empirically underrepresented in youth welfare research. The research project focuses on this perspective and examines the consequences of residential child care for parents as addressees of this social services work.

Vocational Training

since 04/2020
Scientific Assistant at University of Siegen, doctoral student, DFG Research Training Group “Consequences of Social Services Work”

Consultant and co-developer of Federal Coordination Office “Ombudschaft in der Jugendhilfe”

Social worker in a youth welfare office

Social pedagogue in a non-statutory agency

College Education

Part-time studies of “Social Work as a Human Rights Profession“(M.S.W.) at ASH Berlin

Studies of Social Work (B.A.) at Merseburg University of Applied Sciences


German Association of Social Work (DSGA)

Network for reconstructive social work