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Institute for Studies in Children and Youth Services

What do the lives of children, young people, and families look like today? Where does social work with children, young people and families stand today? How can these services support children on their path to adulthood?

A large number of children and youth services and facilities are available in Switzerland. On the one hand they support, protect and accompany children and young people. On the other, services provide parenting support. Taken together, children and youth services is a field of action under-going dynamic development and grounded on the interaction of local authorities, cantons, and private agencies. Child and youth services offers are aimed at promoting children, young people, and families, at enabling them to cope with particular challenges and burdens, and at providing parenting support under difficult family circumstances. This field of action is central to our research and development activities. Our key working areas are:

About us

Institute staff undertake research and development, provide services, run further education programmes, and teach on the FHNW’s Bachelor and Master of Arts in Social Work.


Portrait of Stefan SchnurrProf. Dr. Kay Biesel, Joint head of Institute
T +41 61 228 59 47

Portrait of Rahel HeegProf. Dr. Rahel Heeg, Joint head of Institute
T +41 61 228 59 57

FHNW School of Social Work, Muttenz

FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland School of Social Work Hofackerstrasse 30 CH-4132 Muttenz