Minister for Children, Young People and The Promise

Natalie Don MSP



Minister for Children, Young People and The Promise
Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

Natalie Don was reappointed as Minister for Children, Young People and The Promise in May 2024


Supports the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills.

Specific responsibilities are:

  • adoption and fostering
  • Bairn's Hoose (reporting jointly with Minister for Victims and Community Safety)
  • child protection
  • children and young people with learning disabilities and/or autism
  • children's hearings
  • children's rights
  • children's services
  • Creating Positive Futures
  • Disclosure Scotland
  • early years
  • kinship carers
  • looked after children
  • outdoor learning
  • play, including play parks
  • protection of vulnerable groups
  • The Promise - reports to First Minister
  • transitions for those with disablities and/or autism 


Natalie Don was born in Paisley and grew up in Bridge of Weir. Natalie attended Gryffe High School and then went on to study History at University of Glasgow.

Before and during her time at University, Natalie worked in a variety of sales roles working her way up to Manager of a local food retailer.

Natalie was elected as the Member of the Scottish Parliament for Renfrewshire North and West in 2021. Prior to this, she served as the Councillor for Bishopton, Bridge of Weir and Langbank. She was appointed as Minister for Children, Young People and Keeping the Promise in March 2023.

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