Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families


The minister is responsible for children and families in the Department for Education.

Responsibilities include:

  • adoption, fostering and residential care home reform
  • child protection
  • special educational needs and disability
  • family law and justice
  • children’s and young people’s services
  • school sport
  • Cafcass
  • Office of Children’s Commissioner

Previous holders of this role

  1. Edward Timpson

    • 2012 to 2015
  2. Tim Loughton

    • 2010 to 2012


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  1. Making it easier for more people to come forward and foster

    • Speech
  2. Sport for every child, in every part of the country

    • Speech
  3. School games: more volunteers to be recruited

    • Press release
  4. Young people with SEND to benefit from £5 million work scheme

    • Press release
  5. Edward Timpson at No Wrong Door launch

    • Speech
  6. Edward Timpson speaks to the Centre for Adoption Support

    • Speech
  7. Record number of children adopted by LGBT families

    • Press release
  8. Investigations into abuse in children’s homes and schools

    • Statement to Parliament
  9. £1 million from Adoption Support Fund helps over 160 families

    • Press release
  10. Edward Timpson: improving access to physical education and sports

    • Speech