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. Improved mental health support for children in care

    • Press release
  2. Members announced for new Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel

    • News story
  3. Strengthened guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding

    • News story
  4. Boost in support for children with additional needs

    • News story
  5. Social work and the Commonwealth

    • Speech
  6. Minister visits projects supporting children's services in Leeds

    • News story
  7. New measures to support children with SEND

    • News story
  8. Boost to support disadvantaged families during the holidays

    • News story
  9. Funding boost to improve speed and quality of adoption services

    • News story
  10. Education Secretary praises profession on World Social Work Day

    • Press release