Children’s minister Edward Timpson has been handed responsibility for improving children’s mental health services and the government’s flagship National Citizen Service scheme as part of an expanded ministerial brief, it has been announced.

Timpson’s official title has been changed from Minister of State for Children and Families to Minister of State for Vulnerable Children and Families.

Details of ministerial remits, which have been published by the Department for Education, reveal that Timpson will be responsible for “rounded and resilient young people” an area that includes mental health and “character”.

Sam Gyimah, who has moved from the DfE to the Ministry of Justice in the reshuffle, had previously been responsible for child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), becoming the first DfE minister to have an official role in the area when he was handed the brief in August 2014.  Prior to that, liaising with CAMHS teams had been an unofficial element of Timpson’s role as children’s minister.

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