Rees Centre launch

On Thursday 27 September 2012 the new Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education was launched at the Department of Education.

Judy Sebba with care leavers, foster carers and Jan Rees

At the launch, three care leavers – Amba Ndjoli, Becci Wallace and Binta Bah spoke of their experiences, frustrations and successes and the role that others had played in supporting them. Edward Timpson MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families, talked about how his own parents fostered 87 children, though not all at the same time! He invited those present to respond to the current consultation on fostering and adoption, which makes important proposals arising out of the recent report of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Looked After Children and Care leavers.

Edward Timpson, MP, talks with Anne Edwards, care leavers and Jan Rees

A review of motivation to foster was distributed at the launch. Click here to download a copy.

Jan Rees speaks with young care leavers at the Rees Centre launch

Photos by photovibe

The launch attracted plenty of media coverage:

Oxford fostering centre to create evidence base
Community Care, 02/10/2012

Blog by Professor Judy Sebba, Director of the Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education at Oxford University, on the aims of the new centre. It was officially opened by the Children’s Minister, Edward Timpson MP, last week.
http://www.communitycare.co.uk/blogs/childrens-services-blog/2012/10/oxford-university-fostering-centre-to-create-evidence-base.html

Educational help for foster children
Oxford Mail, 28/09/12, p.5, Unattributed

Children’s Minister Edward Timpson launched the Rees Centre, Oxford’s centre for research in fostering and education, yesterday. The centre will examine how policy makers and agencies can improve life for children and young people in care.

TV: BBC Oxford News
27/09/2012, 18:30 & 22:25

Educational help for foster children
The Oxford Times online, 28/09/2012

An Oxford University centre which could improve education for foster children has been opened by the Children’s Minister Edward Timpson. The MP launched The Rees Centre for research in fostering and education
http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/news/yourtown/oxfordshire/9954610.Educational_help_for_foster_children/

Fostering research centre opens in Oxford
Heart FM online, 27/09/2012

Online news report and interview with the new Director of the Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education, based at Oxford University. It is thought to be the only dedicated research centre in the world looking at how to improve education outcomes for children in foster care. Includes link to hear the audio of the radio piece that aired last week.

Radio: Sunday Roast, Jack FM
30/9/2012, 9:00am

Interview with Professor Judy Sebba about the Rees Centre in Fostering and Education.

University of Oxford website
http://www.ox.ac.uk/media/news_stories/2012/120928html.html

Download the press release here.