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. Free holiday activities and meals for disadvantaged families

    • News story
  2. James Brokenshire proposes to remove commissioners from Rotherham council after 3-year intervention

    • Press release
  3. Plans to help children in foster care experience loving and stable homes

    • News story
  4. Children and Families Minister addresses ADCS conference

    • Speech
  5. Strengthened guidance to protect children at risk

    • News story
  6. Reduce school holidays stress with help for childcare costs

    • News story
  7. Take the stress out the school holidays with Tax-Free Childcare

    • Press release
  8. Pilot launched to boost early language skills and cut teacher workload

    • News story
  9. Free childcare to be extended to foster carers for the first time

    • Press release
  10. Improved mental health support for children in care

    • Press release