Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Safeguarding)

Organisations: Home Office
Current role holder: Victoria Atkins MP


The minister’s responsibilities are:

  • modern slavery and the national referral mechanism
  • domestic abuse
  • violence against women and girls including female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage
  • early youth intervention on serious violence
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
  • victims
  • child sexual abuse and exploitation
  • Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse
  • Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority
  • sexual violence including the rape review
  • anti-social behaviour
  • prostitution
  • stalking
  • online internet safety/WeProtect
  • victims of terrorism
  • Security Industry Authority

Current role holder

Victoria Atkins MP

Victoria Atkins was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Home Office on 9 November 2017.

She was elected Conservative MP for Louth and Horncastle in May 2015.

More about this person

Previous holders of this role

  1. Sarah Newton

    2016 to 2017


  1. Further support for children affected by domestic abuse
  2. Support for modern slavery victims affected by coronavirus
  3. Government announces new action to prevent modern slavery in its supply chains
  4. Enhanced Domestic Abuse Bill introduced to Parliament
  5. Government gives police new powers to protect victims of stalking
  6. Government recommits support to victims on Anti-Slavery Day
  7. New measures announced to make sure government supply chains are free from modern slavery
  8. UK's first Domestic Abuse Commissioner announced as government pledges to tackle crime
  9. New system to simplify and speed up modern slavery referrals
  10. £750,000 awarded to support victims of sexual abuse