New minister for young people is a former social worker

Paul Goggins has been appointed minister for prisons and
probation at the home office, and has also taken on responsibility
for young people, replacing Hilary Benn.

Benn has been promoted to minister of state at the department
for international development.

Goggins has been a parliamentary private secretary at the home
office since 2001, and is MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East.

Originally from Manchester, he was a social worker for 15 years,
working mainly with young offenders. Between 1984-89 he was
director of a community-based alternative to custody for juvenile
offenders with children’s charity NCH.

Prior to his election Goggins was director of Church Action on
Poverty, a national church-based campaigning organisation, and was
a councillor in Salford from 1990-1998. He is also currently
secretary for the all party parliamentary group on poverty.

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