of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
Minister Detlef Scheele (57), Ministry of Labour, Social and Family Affairs and Integration of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.
Minister Scheele has many years’ experience as CEO of various companies in the field of education, labour market integration, and sheltered workshops. State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs in 2008 and 2009. He is Minister for Labour, Social and Family Affairs and Integration since 23 March 2011.
Ministry of Labour, Social and Family Affairs and Integration of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
The Ministry deals with Social Services, Labour and Family Affairs, and the integration of foreign citizens and the disabled. The competent authority includes central services (e.g. IT, organisation, personnel, public relations, finance and business administration) for the following offices:
Office for Social Affairs
The Office for Social Affairs is the highest regional authority for social services in Hamburg. It principally deals with policy matters, and is responsible for the organising social assistance in line with German social law. This includes community services such as livelihood assistance, basic social security, medical and health assistance, aid to the homeless and public housing, help in overcoming social difficulties, inclusion assistance for those with disabilities, and benefits in line with the Asylum Seekers Benefits Act.
In addition, the Office of Social Affairs is responsible for steering specialized tasks and managing resources of the executive social administration departments and the social institutions.
Office for Family Affairs
The employees principally deal with issues of youth policy and youth services, as well as family policy and planning matters. The Office is also responsible for the child day-care.
Office of Employment and Integration
The Office deals with integration and civil society, and is responsible for the professional management of immigrant integration and the promotion of intercultural dialogue in Hamburg. Civil involvement at the federal and state level is also coordinated here, and there are a range of materials, counselling services and professional support for adult victims of violence.
The Office is responsible for fundamental elements of labour market policy, technical supervision of the Hamburg working group SGB II – team.arbeit.hamburg, and, as highest administrative authority in Hamburg, supervisors of the European Social Fund (ESF).