Chair - Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel

Edward Timpson CBE

Biography

Edward Timpson was appointed Chair of the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel in June 2018.

He is also Chair of Cafcass and sits on the Children’s Commissioner Advisory Board and Board of Trade.

Education

Edward studied political sciences at Durham University and law conversion at the College of Law, London. He sat his bar exams at the Inns of Court School of Law.

Political career

Edward was MP for Crewe and Nantwich from 2008 to 2017.

During that period he served as:

  • Minister of State for Vulnerable Children and Families at the Department for Education (2016 to 2017)
  • Minster of State for Children and Families (2015 to 2016)
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families (2012 to 2015)
  • Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Home Secretary (2010 to 2012)

He was also:

  • A member of the Children, Schools and Families Select Committee
  • A member of the Joint Committee on Human Rights
  • Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Adoption and Fostering, Looked-after Children and Care Leavers
  • Vice Chairman for the Run-away and Missing Children Group

Career outside politics

Edward practised as a family law barrister in Cheshire courts, specialising in the cases of vulnerable children.

Chair - Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel

Responsibilities:

  • leading and managing the panel
  • ensuring the reviews under their supervision identify any improvements that should be made by safeguarding partners or others to safeguard and promote the welfare of children

Previous roles in government

  1. Minister of State for Vulnerable Children and Families

    • 2016 to 2017
  2. Minister of State for Children and Families

    • 2015 to 2016
  3. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Children and Families)

    • 2012 to 2015

Announcements

  1. Talented graduates wanted for career in social work
  2. New report with practical advice for teachers on pupil behaviour
  3. Innovative projects to get £36 million funding boost
  4. New funding boost for pupils with SEND
  5. Government backs innovative projects for children and families
  6. Views sought ahead of review into residential special education
  7. Funding for special educational needs support confirmed
  8. Education Secretary announces extra investment in social care
  9. Safeguarding unaccompanied asylum-seeking and refugee children
  10. Supporting care leavers to thrive: everyone’s business