Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Safeguarding)

Rachel Maclean MP


Rachel Maclean was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport on 14 February 2020. She was elected Conservative MP for Redditch in 2017.

Political career

Rachel was elected as Member of Parliament for Redditch at the 2017 General Election. She sat on the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee between September 2017 and June 2018. Rachel has served as a Parliamentary Private Secretary in the Home Office, Department for Work and Pensions and HM Treasury.

Career outside politics

Rachel joined HSBC in 1989, working in Australia, Japan and Hong Kong. In 2005 she set up a publishing company with her husband specialising in IT and software content. More recently Rachel co-founded a HR-software business which provides a platform for SMEs to use the latest technology tools to run their businesses more efficiently. Rachel founded ‘Skilled and Ready’, a charity working with schools to help young people develop skills that businesses look for in their employees.


Rachel studied Experimental Psychology at St Hugh’s College, Oxford and obtained a master’s degree in Work and Occupational Psychology from Aston University.

Personal life

Rachel is married and has 3 sons and a daughter.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Safeguarding)

The minister’s responsibilities are:

  • modern slavery and the national referral mechanism
  • domestic abuse
  • violence against women and girls including female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage
  • early youth intervention on serious violence
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
  • victims
  • child sexual abuse and exploitation
  • Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse
  • Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority
  • sexual violence including the rape review
  • anti-social behaviour
  • prostitution
  • stalking
  • online internet safety/WeProtect
  • victims of terrorism
  • Security Industry Authority
  • safeguarding and DBS checks for COVID volunteers and community groups
  • Afghan resettlement scheme and Operation Warm Welcome

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