Ministerial role

Minister of State for Children and Families


The minister’s responsibilities include:

  • child protection (including protection from child sexual exploitation) and local authority social care

  • children in care, care leavers and adoption

  • special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

  • character and resilience, including bullying, cadets and military ethos

  • school sport and personal, social and health education (PSHE)

Previous holders of this role

  1. Edward Timpson

    • 2015 to 2016
  2. Sarah Teather

    • 2010 to 2012


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  1. Schools and organisations recognised for instilling character

    • News story
  2. Funding boost for schools helping pupils develop character

    • Press release
  3. Edward Timpson speaks to virtual school heads

    • Speech
  4. Consultation on a new child sexual exploitation definition

    • News story
  5. £80 million to boost support for special educational needs

    • Press release
  6. Reality TV stars join DfE to shine a spotlight on foster carers

    • Press release
  7. Children in care can achieve and succeed

    • Speech
  8. Every fostered young person needs a fantastic foster family

    • Speech
  9. Edward Timpson addresses CDC annual conference

    • Speech
  10. Record number of families helped by adoption support fund

    • Press release