Tim Loughton, children’s minister, will take on responsibility for the majority of the social care remit, the Department for Education has confirmed.
The ministerial responsibilities for the new team were released late yesterday and, as expected, Education secretary Michael Gove has largely focused his attention on the schools agenda.
Loughton’s responsibilities will include children’s services inspection and intervention (including Ofsted’s role in social care), children’s trusts, safeguarding (including the vetting and barring scheme), the social work taskforce and social work reform, the children’s workforce, Contactpoint and its replacement, ICS and the common assessment framework, families with multiple problems, Cafcass and family law, children in care, fostering and adoption (including runaways), domestic violence, the national citizen services, youth crime and department efficiencies.
Sarah Teather, the Liberal Democrat minister of state for children and families, takes on children’s services commissioning and market development, local authority funding and local government policy, child poverty, disabled children, children’s centres, young carers, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, families and health issues such as teenage pregnancies.
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