Ministerial role

Minister of State for Vulnerable Children and Families


The minister’s responsibilities include:

  • children’s social care (including child protection, children in care and adoption, care leavers, local authority innovation and intervention, and the Children and Social Work Bill)

  • special educational needs (including education, health and care plans and reforms, attainment and progress, high needs funding)

  • rounded and resilient young people (including mental health and character)

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

  • links with the National Citizen Service

  • behaviour and attendance, exclusions and alternative provision

  • pupil premium (and pupil premium plus)

Current role holder: Edward Timpson

Edward Timpson was appointed Minister of State for Vulnerable Children and Families at Department for Education in July 2016. He was elected Conservative MP for Crewe and Nantwich in 2008.


Edward studied political sciences at Durham University and law conversion at the College of Law, London. He sat his bar exams at the Inns of Court School of Law.

Political career

Edward sat on the Children, Schools and Families Select Committee and the Joint Committee on Human Rights. He was also Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Adoption and Fostering, Looked-after Children and Care Leavers, as well as Vice Chairman for the Run-away and Missing Children Group.

Between 2010 and 2012 he was Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Home Secretary.

Career outside politics

Edward practised as a family law barrister in Cheshire courts, specialising in the cases of vulnerable children.

Personal life

Edward is married with 3 children.


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