New parliament, new ministers, what next?

29 June 2017 - Elisa Mascellani, Senior Policy and Public Affairs Officer

The dust is finally settling following the unexpected election result earlier this month and we now have ministers in place and roles confirmed at the Department for Education.

We are pleased that the Queen’s Speech recommitted the government to publishing a Green Paper on young people’s mental health and we will continue to push for much-needed transformative action to support children’s wellbeing and mental health in schools in the next Parliament.  

Here’s an overview of the relevant ministers at the Department for Education:

  • Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities: The Rt Hon Justine Greening, MP for Putney, returns to the role that she has held since July 2016.
  • Minister of State for Children and Families:  Robert Goodwill, MP for Scarborough and Whitby, joins the team from the Home Office where he was Minister for Immigration 2016-17.  An MEP between 1999 and 2004, and previously manger of his family-run 250 acre farm in Malton.  He holds responsibility for vulnerable children and families as well as early years and childcare
  • Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills, Minister for Women:  Rt Hon Anne Milton, MP for Guildford, is new to the Department for Education, although served as Minister for Public Health at the DH 2010-12 and as a Government Whip. 
  • Minister of State for School Standards:  The Rt Hon Nick Gibb, MP for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, returns to the department where he has held various schools related posts since 2014.
  • Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation:  Jo Johnson, MP for Orpington, returns to the post he has held since July 2016.
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the School System:  Lord Nash returns to the Department having previously held the post of Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools since 2013.

Another appointment that will be important to the future wellbeing and mental health of children and young people is the minister responsible for mental health at the Department of Health:

  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Care and Mental Health):  Jackie Doyle-Price, MP for Thurrock, joins the Department of Health having served as Assistant Government Whip 2015-17.  Mental health is within her portfolio, although there is a strong interest in improving mental health across the ministerial team at the DH.

The full list of ministerial responsibilities at the Department for Education is here.

The full list of ministerial responsibilities at the Department for Health is here.

We are now looking forward to finding out who will have the important job of scrutinizing the work of these departments and ministers as part of the Education and Health select committees.  We’ll update you as soon as we hear more.

You can read what the main political parties promised on mental health and wellbeing in schools on our blog here.