Systematic review of factors associated with educational outcomes of children in care

4th November 2014

By Aoife O’Higgins, doctoral student at the Rees Centre. As part of my PhD, I carried out a systematic review to investigate the factors associated with educational outcomes for children in care, other than just being in care. These might include placement instability or behavioural problems for example. What were some key findings? There were […]


Being the change you want to see in the world

22nd September 2014

Mike Dennis is a care leaver and co-founder of Wholistic Fostering, a fostering agency in the West Midlands. We asked Mike why he had founded the agency and about his new book project ‘Small Things Count’.


My experience as a researcher and a foster carer

6th August 2014

Being a foster father is the most rewarding thing I have ever done but, at the same time, the most challenging. Similarly, being a postgraduate researcher is an equally emotive and challenging endeavour but, of course it is my role as daddy, carer, advocate and all round ‘dogs-body’ that will always come first.


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