The Rees Centre is in the University of Oxford Department of Education.  The Centre produces research evidence to inform policy and practice in the areas of children’s social care and education. 

We aim to improve the life chances and particularly the educational outcomes of those who are, or have been supported by children’s social care services, with a focus on children in need (including those in care), adoptive and special guardianship families and care experienced adults. The primary audiences for the Centre’s work are children’s social care practitioners and managers, foster carers, adopters, guardians, schools, virtual schools, policymakers and other researchers. 

The Director of the Centre is Dr Lisa Holmes. Members of the Rees Centre team are listed on our People page.

Professor Judy Sebba, the Centre’s founding Director, was interviewed by a young person about the role of the Centre in this short video.

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