Ministerial role

Minister of State for Children and Families


The minister’s responsibilities include:

  • child protection (including protection from child sexual exploitation and safeguarding), local authority children’s social care and family law
  • children in care, care leavers and adoption
  • childcare policy including delivery of the 30 hours free childcare offer, inspection and regulation
  • early years policy including inspection, regulation and literacy and numeracy
  • funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities (pupil premium and pupil premium plus)
  • funding and policy on free school meals
  • special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)
  • school sports and healthy pupils
  • cadets and military ethos in the education system
  • improving social mobility in the 12 opportunity areas

Previous holders of this role

  1. Robert Goodwill MP

    • 2017 to 2018
  2. Edward Timpson

    • 2015 to 2016
  3. Sarah Teather

    • 2010 to 2012


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  1. Social worker accreditation system plans announced

    • News story
  2. Views sought on early years education for disadvantaged children

    • News story
  3. £45m boost for young people with SEND

    • News story
  4. Consultation on disadvantaged entitlements under Universal Credit

    • News story
  5. Research partner announced for children’s social care project

    • News story
  6. Healthy eating guidance published for the early years sector

    • News story
  7. Chair of Residential Care Leadership Board appointed

    • News story
  8. Robert Goodwill: speech to Nursery World Business Summit

    • Speech
  9. £20 million improvement programme for children’s social care

    • Press release
  10. Advisor appointed to boost local support for care leavers

    • Press release