Ministers leave in cabinet shake-up
Published: 09.01.18Justine Greening MP and Robert Goodwill MP have left their respective posts following the Prime Minister’s cabinet reshuffle.
Adoption UK’s chief executive, Dr Sue Armstrong Brown, said: “Having built strong relationships with Ms Greening and Mr Goodwill, it is vital that we reassert our priorities with their successors and press for improvements in policy to secure a brighter future for adoptive families.”
Ms Greening has resigned from Theresa May’s cabinet and been replaced as Minister for Education by Damian Hinds MP while Mr Goodwill has been relieved of his duties as Minister for Children & Families.
Mr Hinds has been the Member of Parliament for East Hampshire since 2010 and was appointed Employment Minister for at the Department for Work and Pensions in July 2016. He lists social mobility as a special interest, having previously chaired the All-Party Parliamentary Group on social mobility.
Commenting on his appointment, Mr Hinds’ said: “[I am] delighted to be appointed Education Secretary – [I am] looking forward to working with the great teachers & lecturers in our schools, colleges & universities giving people the opportunities to make the most of their lives.”
Mr Goodwill’s dismissal comes less than nine months after his appointment with his successor yet to be announced. In that time, Adoption UK built a strong relationship with the MP for Scarborough & Whitby. Mr Goodwill took part in a Q&A for Adoption Today magazine in August 2017 and addressed more than 400 delegates at Adoption UK’s annual conference in November.
The major achievement of Mr Goodwill’s tenure was the recent increase in funding for the Adoption Support Fund (ASF) following lobbying efforts by Adoption UK. He also wrote to local authorities, encouraging them to match-fund for therapeutic interventions above the fund’s £5,000 Fair Access Limit (FAL).
Dr Armstrong Brown added: “At the top of Adoption UK’s agenda will be ensuring the new ministers understand the need to move to an adoption system which is fit for the purpose of finding a home and providing the right support for the country’s most vulnerable children. This means developing attachment, trauma and FASD-aware schools as well as securing the future of the ASF.”