About us

The Rees Centre aims to improve the life chances of all young people in the care system through research.

Led by Professor Judy Sebba, the Centre was established in April 2012 within the Department of Education at the University of Oxford. It was set up with funding from the Core Assets Group, an international children’s services provider with a particular interest in fostering services in the UK and internationally.

Our research agenda is developed in consultation with Core Assets and other key stakeholders in the UK and internationally. These stakeholders include children and their foster carers, social workers, teachers, the Virtual Schools, local authorities and managers across the public and independent sectors.

The Centre is named after Jan Rees, co-founder of the Core Assets Group. As a foster carer and dedicated social care specialist, Jan has been instrumental in the development of methods to improve outcomes for looked after children worldwide through the Core Assets Group. Jan’s determination to make a difference using evidence-based methods has given the research Centre its name and a strong foundation on which to build.

The Centre works to a strategic plan that among other things strives to achieve sustainability through a diverse funding base to complement the support of Core Assets. The research undertaken and its publication is governed by the University ethics process, and conducted independently of any specific interest groups or funders.