The Office of the Permanent Secretary is responsible, generally, for the overall coordination of the activities of the respective line departments, agencies and entities that together execute the functions and contribute to the effective fulfilment of the Ministry’s and Government’s objectives. Accordingly, the Permanent Secretary is the accountable officer, with responsibility for the daily operations of the Ministry in carrying out its mandate. The organisational structure of the Ministry for Social Policy and Children’s Rights, is illustrated graphically by the Organisational Chart. The Office of the Permanent Secretary, is set to fully comply with the Data Protection Principles as set out in such data protection legislation.

Permanent Secretaries
MrAlfred CostaJuly 1992 – July 1995
MrMaurice Zarb AdamiFebruary 1996 – March 1997
MrCarmel DegabrieleApril 1997 – January 1998
MrJoseph F X SciclunaFebruary 1998 – April 2000
MrJoseph EbejerApril 2000 – February 2009
MrFrancis BorgFebruary 2009 – February 2010
DrChristopher BezzinaFebruary 2010 – June 2010
MrPaul ZahraJune 2010 – January 2011
DrJames CallejaJanuary 2011 – January 2012
MrFrancis BorgFebruary 2012 – March 2013
MrMark MusuMarch 2013 –
Corporate Services Directorate

The Corporate Services Directorate is responsible for the provision and improvement of support services within the Ministry, mainly for areas of People Management and Procurement. In this regard, the directorate offers support and advice ​to the departments and entities falling under the Ministry’s remit on issues related to human resource management, procurement and office management.

Information Management Unit

The Information Management Unit’s primary role is to ensure alignment of information, communication and technology with the Ministry’s priorities and strategic objectives. In this regard, the Information Management Unit provides support and advise to the Ministry’s departments and entities to enhance productivity through the innovative use of technology.

Operations Directorate

The Operations Directorate is responsible for the planning, direction and coordination of the organisation and the effective delivery of the customer care service in the community. The Directorate is also responsible for the planning and coordination of initiatives within the Ministry and related entities to simplify procedures and practices. The administration of the Ministry for Social Policy and Children’s Rights, technical one-stop shop hub, also falls within the responsibility of this Directorate.

Policy Development and Programme Implementation Directorate

The Policy Development and Programme Implementation Directorate is directly responsible for co-ordinating European Union related matters, both at a domestic level and with other European Union stakeholders and for co-ordinating the formulation of the Ministry’s position on policies proposed by the European Union. It is also tasked to assist in the drawing up of policies in matters relating to Social Affairs; and to coordinate and monitor the implementation of European Union co-financed projects and programmes pertaining to the Ministry.

Research, Policy and Operations Division

The Research, Policy and Operations Division comprises the research, policy development and programme implementation as well as the operational dimension within the Ministry. The Research, Policy and Operations Division includes the Office of the Director General, the Policy Development and Programme Implementation Directorate, the Operations Directorate, and the Research and Evaluation Directorate. Click here for the Data Protection and Retention Policy.