Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Children and Families)

Organisations: Department for Education
Current role holder: Will Quince MP


The minister’s responsibilities include:

  • children’s social care
  • families
  • children in care, children in need, child protection, adoption and care leavers
  • early years
  • special educational needs, including high needs funding
  • alternative provision
  • disadvantage and vulnerable children
  • school food including free school meals
  • school sport
  • children and young people’s mental health, online safety and preventing bullying in schools
  • policy to protect against serious violence
  • Opportunity Areas programme and Opportunity North East programme
  • coronavirus (COVID-19) response for children’s services and childcare

Current role holder

Will Quince MP

Will Quince was appointed as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education on 16 September 2021.

He was previously Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions from 4 April 2019 to 16 September 2021.

Will was elected as Conservative MP for Colchester on 7 May 2015.

More about this person

Previous holders of this role

  1. Vicky Ford MP

    2020 to 2021

  2. Kemi Badenoch MP

    2019 to 2020

  3. The Rt Hon Nadhim Zahawi MP

    2018 to 2019

  4. Edward Timpson CBE MP

    2012 to 2015

  5. Tim Loughton MP

    2010 to 2012