Doctoral Student

Arne Wohlfarth, M.A.

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Qualification Project

Organization and participation – the participation imperative in residential childcare services

Social services as publicly provided ‘pedagogical welfare interventions’ are always an expression of ideas about successfully living together. In this context, social services in democratic welfare states are confronted with the demand to enable and guarantee participation of their addressees. The project investigates how the many and varied opportunities for participation and freedom of action provided by the law and implied by professional standards are perceived by the children and young people in the various residential childcare services. With the help of a qualitative-quantitative mixed-methods design, the participation experiences of the addressees will be examined in the context of organizational structures of out-of-home care in England and Germany in order to consider the consequences of the ‘participation imperative’ for the structure and practice of residential childcare at a bi-national level.

Curriculum Vitae

Since 2020
Scientific co-worker at the research project “Erzieherische Hilfen als Arbeit am Gemeinwohl – Zwischen wirkungsorientierter Steuerung und gleichberechtigter Teilhabe in Deutschland und Großbritannien [parenting support as work for the common good – between effect-oriented control and opportunties for equal participation in Germany and Great Britain“

Since 2019
Scientific co-worker at the conference of social pedagogy, University of Siegen

2018–2020
Scientific co-worker at the Bielefeld Center for Education and Capability Research, University of Bielefeld

2013–2018
Master of Arts “Erziehungswissenschaft [Educational Sciences]“, University of Bielefeld

2011–2012
Master of Education, University of Bielefeld

2007–2011
Bachelor of Science: Mathematic, minor Philosophy, University of Bielefeld