Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families


The minister’s responsibilities include:

  • children’s social care including child protection, children in care, adoption, care leavers, social work, local authority performance and family law
  • special educational needs including high needs funding
  • education policy in response to the race disparity audit
  • safeguarding in schools
  • disadvantaged pupils – including pupil premium and pupil premium plus
  • school sport, healthy pupils and school food, including free school meals
  • early years policy including inspection, regulation and literacy and numeracy
  • childcare policy, inspection and regulation
  • delivery of 30 hours free childcare offer
  • social mobility including opportunity areas
  • DfE contribution to cross-government work to tackle rough sleeping

Current role holder: Nadhim Zahawi MP

Nadhim Zahawi was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education on 9 January 2018.

Nadhim was elected as Conservative MP for Stratford-on-Avon in May 2010.

Previous holders of this role

  1. Edward Timpson

    • 2012 to 2015
  2. Tim Loughton

    • 2010 to 2012


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  1. New free schools to benefit children with additional needs

    • News story
  2. Mentoring schemes and top scholarships for children in care

    • News story
  3. Children and Families Minister addresses NCAS conference

    • Speech
  4. Thousands more school children receiving a nutritious breakfast

    • News story
  5. Children and Families Minister launches Care Leaver Covenant

    • Speech
  6. Major new scheme launched to support young people leaving care

    • News story
  7. Drive to ensure all children can swim by end of primary school

    • News story
  8. Children and Families Minister's NAHT early years speech

    • Speech
  9. James Brokenshire removes commissioners from Rotherham council after 3-year intervention

    • Press release
  10. Children and Families Minister speaks at safeguarding conference

    • Speech