Child and youth services is one of the rehabilitation providers of integration support for young people with disabilities. Under the current legislation, they are solely responsible for providing them to young people with a psychological disability (on legislative developments concerning child and youth services for young people with physical and/or mental disabilities until 2028, see Child and youth services and inclusion). Provided the requirements in accordance with Article 35a of Book 8 of the Social Code (SGB VIII) are met (see Integration support – Legal basis), support can on principle be provided in any form (non-/semi-residential, residential), as in the case of socio-educational support services (Article 35a ). The services to be delivered are chosen in accordance with Book 9 of the Social Code (SGB IX) (cf. Article 5a  of Book 8).
In accordance with Article 6 (1) no. 6 of Book 9, child and youth services is responsible for delivering the following types of integration service:
- Medical participation: Normally, responsibility for these services lies with the statutory health insurance funds. However, in the case of services outside of the funds’ remit (e.g., dyslexia therapy), child and youth services may be responsible in accordance with Article 35a of Book 8.
- Professional/vocational participation: Again, in the vast majority of cases the responsibility lies with another provider (here: the Federal Employment Office), even if socio-educational services are required in connection with a professional/vocational measure (e.g., boarding school accommodation). However, if the socio-educational service in question is unrelated to the professional/vocational measure, the individual may have a claim under Article 35a of Book 8.
- Participation in education: Responsibility for ensuring equal participation in education (especially mainstream education) lies primarily with the education system. However, given the major delays in implementing this (see Disability, strong demand for special needs support), child and youth services is frequently called upon, particularly when it comes to personal classroom assistance for (school or university) students (Article 112 of Book 9).
- Participation in society: Ensuring that children and adolescents with a psychological disability can participate in society is one of the primary responsibilities of child and youth services. This includes, in particular, curative education services (Article 79 of Book 9) for children under school age, and recreational assistance in, e.g., after-school settings, for school-age children (Article 113 of Book 9).
Selected statistics on integration support in accordance with Article 35a of Book 8 (2019):
| ||Non-residential ||Residential |
|Number of young recipients: ||101,765 ||22,571 |
|Average age at initial delivery: ||10.8 ||14.7 |
|With single parent at initial delivery: ||30.6% ||40.2% |
|Family on benefits at initial delivery: ||24.0% ||39.4% |
|Family language other than German: ||12.2% ||9.3% |
|Proportion of female recipients: ||26.6% ||37.9% |
|Average duration of service delivery: ||24 months ||23 months |
- Tabel, Agathe/Fendrich, Sandra: Eingliederungshilfen (§ 35a SGB VIII und 6. Kapitel SGB XII). In: Autorengruppe Kinder- und Jugendhilfestatistik (2021). Kinder- und Jugendhilfereport Extra 2021. Dortmund, p. 26−30.
- Schönecker, Lydia/Meysen, Thomas: § 10 SGB VIII. In: Münder, Johannes/Meysen, Thomas/Trenczek, Thomas (2019). Frankfurter Kommentar zum SGB VIII. Kinder- und Jugendhilfe. 8th edition, Baden-Baden.