The current Minister for Child Protection is Simone McGurk of the Labor Party, who holds the position as a member of the McGowan Ministry. The minister, who has generally held other portfolios in addition to child protection, is responsible for the state government's Department for Child Protection (DCP).
Thirteen people have been appointed as Minister for Child Protection (or equivalent), with Leslie Logan's 11 years and 335 days during the Brand-Nalder Ministry the longest period in the position. The position and corresponding department have existed under several different names, and on several occasions been abolished entirely, with responsibility for the portfolio held by what is now the Minister for Community Services.
In the table below, members of the Legislative Council are designated "MLC". All others were members of the Legislative Assembly at the time of their service. In Western Australia, serving ministers are entitled to be styled "The Honourable", and may retain the style after three years' service in the ministry.
|Order||Minister||Party||Premier||Title||Term start||Term end||Term in office|
|1||James Kenneally||Labor||Collier||Minister for Child Welfare||24 April 1933||26 March 1936||2 years, 337 days|
|1936-1950: no minister - responsibilities held by other ministers.|
|2||Arthur Watts||Country||McLarty||Minister for Child Welfare||6 April 1950||23 February 1953||2 years, 323 days|
|3||Albert Hawke||Labor||Hawke||23 February 1953||2 April 1959||6 years, 38 days|
|4||Leslie Logan MLC||Liberal||Brand||2 April 1959||3 March 1971||11 years, 335 days|
|1971-1995: no separate minister - responsibilities held by Minister for Community Services.|
|5||Roger Nicholls||Liberal||R. Court||Minister for Family and Children's Services||29 June 1995||21 December 1995||175 days|
|6||Cheryl Edwardes||21 December 1995||9 January 1997||1 year, 19 days|
|7||Rhonda Parker||9 January 1997||22 December 1999||2 years, 347 days|
|8||June van de Klashorst||22 December 1999||16 February 2001||1 year, 56 days|
|2001-2006: no separate minister - responsibilities held by Minister for Community Development.|
|9||David Templeman||Labor||Carpenter||Minister for Child Protection||13 December 2006||2 March 2007||79 days|
|10||Sue Ellery||2 March 2007||23 September 2008||1 year, 205 days|
|11||Robyn McSweeney MLC||Liberal||Barnett||23 September 2008||21 March 2013||4 years, 179 days|
|12||Helen Morton MLC||21 March 2013||17 March 2017||3 years, 361 days|
|13||Simone McGurk||Labor||McGowan||17 March 2017||1 November 2018||1 year, 229 days|