Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families


Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families

Infobox minister office
border = parliamentary
minister = not_prime
office = Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families



incumbent = Ed Balls MP
tookoffice = 28 June 2007
appointed_by = Gordon Brown
governor = Prime Minister
first_minister = Ed Balls MP
date = 28 June 2007

The Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families is a Cabinet minister in the United Kingdom. The post was created on 28 June 2007 after the disbanding of the Department for Education and Skills by Gordon Brown [ [http://www.dfes.gov.uk/aboutus/index.shtml About the Department for Children, Schools and Families] ] . The current, and first, Secretary of State is Ed Balls, a former treasury aide to Brown [ [http://www.dfes.gov.uk/aboutus/whoswho/ministersinfo.shtml Ed Balls Profile] ] . He is head of the Department for Children, Schools and Families responsible for coordinating work across Government relevant to youth justice, the "respect agenda" and family policy, while also taking over responsibility for education policy up to the age of 19 in England from the Department of Education and Skills, with the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills being responsible for education after that age [ [http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/article2720105.ece Responsibilities of Secretary for Children, Schools and Families] Independent Online] . Other responsibilities include input into the Government's strategy for ending child poverty, with the Department of Work and Pensions, and into promoting the health of all children by working with the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

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