Minister for Children and Young People

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The Minister for Children and Young People is a junior ministerial post in the Scottish Government. As a result, the Minister does not attend the Scottish Cabinet. The post was created in May 2007 after the appointment of the Scottish National Party minority administration and the minister reports to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, who has overall responsibility for the portfolio, and is a member of Cabinet. The Minister for Children and Young people has specific responsibility for the social services workforce, childcare and preschool, children's services, children's hearings and the Care Inspectorate.[1]

The post holder is responsible for:[2]

  • adoption and fostering
  • childcare implementation
  • children's hearings
  • child protection
  • children's rights
  • children's services
  • early years
  • looked after children
  • protection of vulnerable groups
  • social service workforce

History[edit]

From 1999 to 2000, responsibility for Children and Early Years rested with the Minister for Children and Education, which became the Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs in the McLeish Government of 2000 to 2001. From 2001 to 2007 the portfolio rested with the Minister for Education and Young People. The Salmond government, elected following the 2007 Scottish Parliament election created the junior post of the Minister for Children and Early Years to assist the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills. The post was renamed Minister for Children and Young People in June 2018.[3]

Minister[edit]

The current Minister for Children and Young People is Maree Todd.[3]

Minister for Children and the Early Years[edit]

Name Portrait Entered Office Left Office Party First Minister
Adam Ingram Adam Ingram, Minister for Children and Early Years (2).jpg 17 May 2007 20 May 2011 Scottish National Party Alex Salmond

Minister for Children and Young People[edit]

Angela Constance AngelaConstanceMSP20110510.JPG 20 May 2011 7 December 2011 Scottish National Party Alex Salmond
Aileen Campbell Aileen Campbell.jpg 7 December 2011 18 December 2014
(on maternity leave)
Scottish National Party Alex Salmond
Nicola Sturgeon
Fiona McLeod FionaMcLeodMSP20110507.JPG 18 December 2014 31 August 2015 Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon
Aileen Campbell Aileen Campbell.jpg 31 August 2015 18 May 2016 Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon

Minister for Childcare and Early Years[edit]

Mark McDonald MarkMcDonaldMSP.JPG 18 May 2016 7 November 2017 Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon
Maree Todd Maree Todd MSP - May 2016.jpg 7 November 2017 27 June 2018 Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon

Minister for Children and Young People[edit]

Maree Todd Maree Todd MSP - May 2016.jpg 27 June 2018 incumbent Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ministerial responsibilities: Education portfolio". Scottish Government. 16 November 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  2. ^ https://beta.gov.scot/about/who-runs-government/cabinet-and-ministers/minister-childcare-early-years/
  3. ^ a b "Minister for Children and Young People". Scottish Government. Retrieved 30 June 2018.

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