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Julie Morgan MS

Responsibilities of the Deputy Minister for Social Services


Julie Morgan was born in Cardiff and educated at Dinas Powys Primary School, Howell’s School, King’s College London, the University of Manchester and Cardiff University. She worked as a social worker and manager in South and West Glamorgan County Councils before becoming an Assistant Director at Barnardos. She was a councillor on South Glamorgan County Council until she was elected as MP for Cardiff North in 1997.

During her time in Westminster Julie presented three Private Members’ Bills - one on banning smoking in public places, one on granting votes at 16, and one on preventing under-18s from using sunbeds which became law in 2010.

Julie was elected as the Assembly Member for Cardiff North in 2011 and was a member of the Public Accounts Committee, the Finance Committee and the Environment Committee during the Fourth Assembly, as well as chairing seven Cross-Party Groups covering areas such as children, cancer, and nursing and midwifery. In the Fifth Assembly, Julie was a member of the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee and the Children, Young People and Education Committee.

On 13 December 2018 Julie was appointed Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services. Julie was appointed Deputy Minister for Social Services on 13 May 2021.


  • Public health: Covid 19 response, screening and vaccination
  • NHS delivery and performance
  • Escalation procedures
  • Receipt of, response to, and direction of reports from Health Inspectorate Wales
  • Oversight of the Welsh Government’s relationship with Audit Wales regarding activities relating to the NHS
  • Medical workforce training and development [with the exception of years 1-5 of University Education for Doctors]
  • Research and development in health and social care
  • Health innovation and Digital
  • Mental health services
  • Suicide prevention
  • Dementia
  • Autism
  • Health impact of problem gambling
  • Substance misuse
  • Armed Forces and Veterans’ Health
  • Public Health: Health improvement and wellbeing services
  • Obesity strategy
  • Food Standards Agency in Wales, including food safety
  • Genetically-modified food (but not genetically-modified crops)
  • Patient experience, involvement and the citizen’s voice
  • Safeguarding
  • Adoption and fostering services
  • Children and young people’s advocacy including complaints, representations and advocacy under the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014
  • Information sharing under the Children Act 2004 
  • Cafcass Cymru
  • Policy and oversight of the provision of all social service activities of Local Authorities in Wales, including the issue of statutory guidance
  • Oversight of Social Care Wales
  • Regulation of residential, domiciliary, adult placements, foster care, under 8’s care provision and private healthcare
  • Inspection of, and reporting on, the provision of social services by Local Authorities (via Care Inspectorate Wales), including joint reviews of social services and responding to reports
  • Children’s and young people’s rights and entitlements, including the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Early years, childcare and play, including the Childcare offer and workforce
  • Early childhood education and care
  • Flying Start for children 0-3
  • Families First and play policies

Writing to Julie Morgan