Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families

Organisations: Department for Education
Current role holder: Vicky Ford MP


The minister’s responsibilities include:

  • children’s social care including system and funding, workforce, child protection, children in care, adoption, care leavers and local authority performance
  • special educational needs, including high needs funding
  • early years policy and childcare, including funding, providers, workforce, children’s centres, home learning environment and childcare entitlements
  • alternative provision
  • disadvantage and social mobility (including links to the Social Mobility Commission)
  • school food including free school meals
  • children and young people’s mental health, online safety and preventing bullying in schools
  • policy to protect against serious violence

Current role holder

Vicky Ford MP

Vicky Ford was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families at the Department for Education on 14 February 2020.

(Photo source UK Parliament website. Used under Creative Commons).

More about this person

Previous holders of this role

  1. Kemi Badenoch MP

    2019 to 2020

  2. Nadhim Zahawi MP

    2018 to 2019

  3. Edward Timpson CBE MP

    2012 to 2015

  4. Tim Loughton MP

    2010 to 2012


  1. £37 million to support children with complex needs
  2. Eligibility for government childcare offers protected
  3. Multi-million support for vulnerable children during COVID-19
  4. Councils given flexibility with free childcare funding
  5. Aldi joins Free School Meal voucher scheme
  6. Supporting disabled people through the coronavirus outbreak
  7. Isolation guidance for residential educational settings
  8. Free childcare offers to continue during coronavirus closures
  9. Competition launches to find best quality early years apps
  10. Children and Families Minister address at ADCS conference