The Rees Centre is part of the Department of Education at the University of Oxford. Established in 2012, 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. 

Our Centre Briefing (pdf March 2019) summarises our current activities and latest publications. Please send a request to join our mailing list for research updates by email.

Key principles of our research

User engagement throughout the research process – established consultation groups of LA/independent providers, carers, young people.

Foster carers and care experienced young people are employed as co-researchers.

Accessible findings & invited debate about them via our regular meetings with key organisations, blog, Twitter, Facebook and our two-monthly newsletters.