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)

Previous holders of this role

  1. Edward Timpson

    • 2016 to 2017


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  5. Government backs innovative projects for children and families

    • Press release
  6. Views sought ahead of review into residential special education

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  7. Funding for special educational needs support confirmed

    • Press release
  8. Education Secretary announces extra investment in social care

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  9. Safeguarding unaccompanied asylum-seeking and refugee children

    • Statement to Parliament
  10. Supporting care leavers to thrive: everyone’s business

    • Speech