Baroness Blake of Leeds

Labour - Life peer

Opposition Whip (Lords)

(since May 2021)

Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and International Trade)

(since December 2021)
3 APPG memberships (as of 22 Jul 2022)
Infrastructure, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Sustainable Finance
1 Former APPG membership
Rugby League
Shadow Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government)
19th Sep 2021 - 3rd Dec 2021
Shadow Spokesperson (Housing)
19th Sep 2021 - 3rd Dec 2021
Shadow Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government)
18th May 2021 - 18th Sep 2021
Shadow Spokesperson (Housing)
18th May 2021 - 18th Sep 2021


Department Event
Monday 5th September 2022
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Legislation - Main Chamber
Energy Bill [HL] - committee stage (day 1)
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Department Event
Wednesday 7th September 2022
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Legislation - Main Chamber
Energy Bill [HL] - committee stage (day 2)
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Department Event
Monday 12th September 2022
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Legislation - Main Chamber
Energy Bill [HL] - committee stage (day 3)
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Department Event
Tuesday 13th September 2022
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Orders and regulations - Grand Committee
Exclusivity Terms for Zero Hours Workers (Unenforceability and Redress) Regulations 2022
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Department Event
Tuesday 13th September 2022
15:45
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Orders and regulations - Grand Committee
13 Sep 2022, 3:45 p.m.
Warm Home Discount (Scotland) Regulations 2022
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Department Event
Wednesday 14th September 2022
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Legislation - Main Chamber
Energy Bill [HL] - committee stage (day 4)
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Division Votes
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Speeches
Tuesday 19th July 2022
Energy Bill [HL]
My Lords, I am grateful for the opportunity to debate this Bill today. I look forward to the contributions that …
Written Answers
Thursday 8th July 2021
Schools: Offences against Children
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide an update on their work with the Centre of …
Early Day Motions
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Bills
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Tweets
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MP Financial Interests
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Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Baroness Blake of Leeds has voted in 156 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Lord Greenhalgh (Conservative)
(31 debate interactions)
Lord Callanan (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
(30 debate interactions)
Lord Fox (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
(12 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Home Office
(6 debate contributions)
Department for Transport
(3 debate contributions)
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Commons initiatives

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3 Written Questions in the current parliament

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24th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide an update on their work with the Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse to support Designated Safeguarding Leads in schools to identify and respond to child sexual abuse.

Schools and colleges must have regard to the statutory safeguarding guidance ‘Keeping children safe in education’ (KCSIE). This guidance sets out the role of the designated safeguarding lead, and highlights that they should undergo training to provide them with the knowledge and skills required to fulfil the role. Designated safeguarding leads (DSLs) should have a good understanding of their own role, and the processes, procedures, and responsibilities of other agencies.

The department keeps the KCSIE guidance under review, updating and strengthening it as required (usually on an annual basis), to ensure all schools and colleges have the guidance to meet their statutory duties to safeguard children. As part of this, we also carry out regular public consultations, with the most recent closing on 4 March 2021. In total, 90% of respondents agreed that Part five of the draft guidance provides schools and colleges with the right level of information to support them to manage reports of child-on-child sexual violence and sexual harassment effectively. Of the 7% who said it was not enough, the information which they would like to see included is already within the additional advice document, entitled ‘Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment between children in schools and colleges’ (SVSH). KCSIE is supplemented with SVSH, which provides detailed advice about all types of child sexual abuse, including peer-on-peer abuse, the focus of the recent Ofsted review.

The guidance helps schools and colleges understand what they need to do to respond quickly and effectively when an incident occurs, or if they have concerns about a child, including all forms of sexual abuse.

The Everyone’s Invited testimonies have shown us the scale and nature of sexual abuse and harassment experienced by young people, often by their peers. The department acted quickly by asking Ofsted to carry out a thematic review into sexual abuse, the findings from which have now been widely reported and can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/review-of-sexual-abuse-in-schools-and-colleges/review-of-sexual-abuse-in-schools-and-colleges. We have also set up a dedicated NSPCC helpline to support anyone who has experienced sexual abuse in educational settings or has concerns about someone or the issues raised.

We have already updated and published the information statutory guidance: Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE), and Sexual Violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges, both coming into force for this September. The updated guidance will ensure that schools and colleges, including DSLs, have even clearer guidance on how to deal with reports of sexual abuse, where to seek additional support (including engagement with the multi-agency safeguarding partners), help them make decisions when there are long-term investigations, harmful sexual behaviour, or when a criminal investigation does not lead to a prosecution or conviction. We will also update the Working Together to Safeguard Children statutory guidance in due course.

We will continue to develop our policies and engage with sector experts to understand the emerging risks and harms that children face, especially regarding peer-on-peer abuse, sexual exploitation, and online harms. As part of this work, we will keep the statutory guidance under review to update and strengthen as required, to ensure all schools and colleges have the guidance to meet their statutory duties to safeguard children. It goes without saying that we will thoroughly consider all the findings of the recent Ofsted report as part of this routine process. The work on the 2022 iteration of KCSIE has already started, including a cross-government review of the definitions of sexual abuse, including peer-on-peer, to consider how to better reflect the experiences of children and young people.

We are extending the DSL supervision trials, involving 30 local areas, to up to 10 further local authorities, with a specific focus on sexual abuse. The programme, led by What Works for Children’s Social Care, aims to strengthen support for designated safeguarding leads and will help build the evidence base on what works.

We are committed to developing an online resource hub for designated safeguarding leads where they can access relevant advice and guidance on a range of issues. The online resources will be developed with DSLs and relevant sector experts and made available in 2022. We will be working with the Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse to include resources on child sexual abuse.

The government will also undertake further work to consider how we can give greater status and support to designated safeguarding leads, looking first at the model we have for Special Educational Needs Coordinators.

24th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the knowledge and understanding school Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) have of child sexual abuse; and what training DSLs receive to help them to respond appropriately.

Schools and colleges must have regard to the statutory safeguarding guidance ‘Keeping children safe in education’ (KCSIE). This guidance sets out the role of the designated safeguarding lead, and highlights that they should undergo training to provide them with the knowledge and skills required to fulfil the role. Designated safeguarding leads (DSLs) should have a good understanding of their own role, and the processes, procedures, and responsibilities of other agencies.

The department keeps the KCSIE guidance under review, updating and strengthening it as required (usually on an annual basis), to ensure all schools and colleges have the guidance to meet their statutory duties to safeguard children. As part of this, we also carry out regular public consultations, with the most recent closing on 4 March 2021. In total, 90% of respondents agreed that Part five of the draft guidance provides schools and colleges with the right level of information to support them to manage reports of child-on-child sexual violence and sexual harassment effectively. Of the 7% who said it was not enough, the information which they would like to see included is already within the additional advice document, entitled ‘Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment between children in schools and colleges’ (SVSH). KCSIE is supplemented with SVSH, which provides detailed advice about all types of child sexual abuse, including peer-on-peer abuse, the focus of the recent Ofsted review.

The guidance helps schools and colleges understand what they need to do to respond quickly and effectively when an incident occurs, or if they have concerns about a child, including all forms of sexual abuse.

The Everyone’s Invited testimonies have shown us the scale and nature of sexual abuse and harassment experienced by young people, often by their peers. The department acted quickly by asking Ofsted to carry out a thematic review into sexual abuse, the findings from which have now been widely reported and can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/review-of-sexual-abuse-in-schools-and-colleges/review-of-sexual-abuse-in-schools-and-colleges. We have also set up a dedicated NSPCC helpline to support anyone who has experienced sexual abuse in educational settings or has concerns about someone or the issues raised.

We have already updated and published the information statutory guidance: Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE), and Sexual Violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges, both coming into force for this September. The updated guidance will ensure that schools and colleges, including DSLs, have even clearer guidance on how to deal with reports of sexual abuse, where to seek additional support (including engagement with the multi-agency safeguarding partners), help them make decisions when there are long-term investigations, harmful sexual behaviour, or when a criminal investigation does not lead to a prosecution or conviction. We will also update the Working Together to Safeguard Children statutory guidance in due course.

We will continue to develop our policies and engage with sector experts to understand the emerging risks and harms that children face, especially regarding peer-on-peer abuse, sexual exploitation, and online harms. As part of this work, we will keep the statutory guidance under review to update and strengthen as required, to ensure all schools and colleges have the guidance to meet their statutory duties to safeguard children. It goes without saying that we will thoroughly consider all the findings of the recent Ofsted report as part of this routine process. The work on the 2022 iteration of KCSIE has already started, including a cross-government review of the definitions of sexual abuse, including peer-on-peer, to consider how to better reflect the experiences of children and young people.

We are extending the DSL supervision trials, involving 30 local areas, to up to 10 further local authorities, with a specific focus on sexual abuse. The programme, led by What Works for Children’s Social Care, aims to strengthen support for designated safeguarding leads and will help build the evidence base on what works.

We are committed to developing an online resource hub for designated safeguarding leads where they can access relevant advice and guidance on a range of issues. The online resources will be developed with DSLs and relevant sector experts and made available in 2022. We will be working with the Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse to include resources on child sexual abuse.

The government will also undertake further work to consider how we can give greater status and support to designated safeguarding leads, looking first at the model we have for Special Educational Needs Coordinators.

24th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide an update on the progress made towards improving children’s social workers’ ability to identify and respond to child sexual abuse as part of the Tackling Child Sexual Abuse Strategy, published on 22 January.

The department is working closely with the Home Office and other government departments on delivering the Tackling Child Sexual Abuse Strategy. This will include looking at opportunities to improve children’s social workers’ ability to identify and respond effectively to child sexual abuse. To drive delivery of the strategy, the Home Office have introduced robust cross-government governance structures to hold the multi-agency systems responsible for child protection to account and to remain responsive to this evolving threat and the needs of victims and survivors.

We are investing in the social work workforce, and in leadership at all levels, to ensure social workers have the capability and capacity to support and protect the most vulnerable children and families in society. We have introduced clear post-qualifying standards which set out the knowledge and skills expected of children and family social workers, including the ability to identify and respond to child sexual abuse, and the National Assessment and Accreditation System to provide a mechanism to assess and accredit against these standards. In addition, we are supporting local authorities to develop evidence of what works, through the completion of the Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme and the establishment of the What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care.