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Ministerial appointments since the election

Thursday 6th July 2017

In light of the recent election, we welcome the opportunity to work with a number of newly-appointed ministers at the departments of Education, Work and Pensions, and Health. These include:

  • Robert Goodwill MP- Minister of State for Children and Families (Education).
  • Caroline Dinenage MP- Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance (Work and Pensions).
  • Jackie Doyle-Price MP- Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health (Health).

All three ministers have responsibilities that include disability, childcare, relationship support, mental health and children's health.

Minister of State for Children and Families, Robert Goodwill MP, whose ministerial remit extends to early years policy and chid protection, has said:

"I am delighted to be appointed Minister of State for Children and Families. It is vitally important that all children, including those with special educational needs and disabilities, get a good start in life, have an education experience that allows them to reach their full potential, and lead a productive and fulfilling adult life.

"I am looking forward to hearing from families about their experiences, and to listening to partners who have expertise in this area. I want to continue to work with them to ensure we have an education system that provides the best possible support to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities."

We welcome the emphasis Goodwill has placed on parent participation, and the importance of the government listening to and working with experienced families to benefit the lives of disabled children and those with special educational needs.

We are also pleased to see the mention of the early years and the importance of all children getting a "good start in life". This reflects the hard efforts of Contact a Family's campaigning to make sure that the government understands the extra costs of supporting disabled children in early years settings.

We would also like to mention the importance of existing ministers and recognise their continued hard work. Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work, Penny Mordaunt MP, has been in post since July 2016. We look forward to strengthening relations with Mordaunt and her department in the future, and discussing important topical issues, such as Universal Credit and the Disabled Children's Partnership's new campaign, Secret Life of Us.

Moving forward, we look forward to positive relationships with ministers, both old and new, for the benefit of families with disabled children.