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Theresa May said she would take a “more active role” in the country’s welfare system to help tackle the “disproportionately high” number of children in care.

“The Government’s commitment to tackling the issue of children and families in care is clear,” the Prime Minister said in a statement.

“We will be taking a more active role in the welfare system, both through our own agency and our partners in the community.”

Theresa May speaks during a joint press conference with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in London on Tuesday.

The Prime Minister also unveiled a plan to invest in “the most effective and most cost-effective ways” to help children, who are often neglected by the system, through “schools, nurseries and other social service providers”.

“It is right for us as a society that we take responsibility for what we do with our children,” Mrs May said.

“So I will be bringing forward a proposal to invest more money in children’s services in the next Parliament to help ensure that we continue to have the most effective services for our children, and I’m determined that this is done with the most cost effective and best-designed ways to deliver these services.”

In the past, we have taken bold action on child protection issues, including the introduction of the Children’s Act in 2010, which introduced the Children and Young Persons Act of 2017, and the Safe and Well Schools Act of 2019, which increased funding for safeguarding services.”