The Rt Revd Paul Butler has been Bishop of Durham and a member of the House of Lords since 2014, where he takes particular interest in matters relating to welfare, particularly Universal Credit, childcare and refugees. He has been an advocate for children on behalf of the Church of England’s bishops since 2004, and was the Church of England’s Safeguarding Lead for six years. Bishop Paul now chairs the National Society, which is the education department of the Church of England. He is a patron of the North East Child Poverty Commission, and sits on the board of Reset – a charity that promotes Community Sponsorship of refugees. He is co-chair of the Archbishops’ Commission on Families and Households, launched in March 2021.