The Coalition Agenda Insight: Children's policy in the coalition

Monday, June 7, 2010

Government departments have settled on their ministers' remits, but where do responsibilities reside in the Lib-Con coalition for the full range of policies relating to children, young people and families? CYP Now brings you the definitive guide.


  • Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State Overall responsibility for welfare reform and child poverty
  • Lord David Freud, junior minister for welfare reform Oversight of the Welfare Reform Bill, including youth unemployment strategy
  • Maria Miller, junior minister for disabled people Child poverty, disabled children and young people



  • Anne Milton, junior minister for public health Children's health, maternity services, health visiting, nursing and midwifery, sexual health, drugs and alcohol, immunisation and healthy eating



  • Michael Gove, Secretary of State Oversight of the department
  • Sarah Teather, minister for children and families Children's centres, childcare, early learning and development, birth-to-five curriculum, voluntary and community sector, United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, families, health, child poverty, children's services commissioning and market development, local authority funding and policy, government offices and field forces, healthy schools, SEN and disabled children, young carers
  • Tim Loughton, junior minister for children and families Children's services inspection and intervention (including Ofsted), Children's Trusts, safeguarding including vetting and barring, Social Work Taskforce and social work reform, children's workforce, ContactPoint, Integrated Children's System and Common Assessment Framework, lead professionals, families with multiple problems, Cafcass and family law, children in care, fostering and adoption, young runaways, domestic violence, National Citizen Service, sport, youth services, youth crime, department efficiencies
  • Nick Gibb, minister for schools Behaviour and attendance, bullying, assessment and Key Stage tests, independent schools, contingency planning, QCDA and Ofqual, admissions, Neets, apprenticeships, reducing school bureaucracy, careers advice, information advice and guidance, qualifications, reform of the national curriculum, Young People's Learning Agency
  • Lord Jonathan Hill, junior minister for schools Academies, free schools, Ofsted inspections, school improvement, funding, teachers and workforce, teacher supply, transport, schools' capital and Building Schools for the Future, technical academies



  • Crispin Blunt, junior minister Youth justice, criminal law and sentencing policy, prisons and probation
  • Jonathan Djanogly, junior minister Family justice, legal aid
  • Nick Herbert, minister for policing and criminal justice Criminal justice policy working between the Home Office and Ministry of Justice. Youth crime, antisocial behaviour, Big Society champion



  • James Brokenshire, junior minister for crime prevention Crime reduction, drugs and alcohol, Licensing Act and powers of police and local authorities to prevent selling to under-age drinkers, violent crime
  • Lynne Featherstone, junior minister for equalities and criminal information Policy on vetting and barring, support on violence against women and girls



  • Iain Duncan Smith Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
  • Sarah Teather minister for children and families
  • Anne Milton junior minister for public health
  • Lynne Featherstone junior minister for equalities
  • Francis Maude minister for the Cabinet Office
  • Oliver Letwin minister of state for the Cabinet Office
  • Theresa May Home Secretary and minister for women and equalities
  • Eric Pickles Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
  • Baroness Sayeeda Warsi minister without portfolio



  • Nat Wei government adviser on the Big Society
  • Nick Hurd minister for civil society — charities, social enterprises and voluntary organisations
  • Greg Clark minister for communities and local government — Big Society, planning policy and decentralisation.
  • Andrew Stunell junior minister for communities and local government — Big Society, housing and regeneration, community cohesion, race equality
  • Nick Herbert minister for policing and criminal justice — Big Society champion for the Home Office and Ministry of Justice

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