The Rees Centre aims to identify what works to improve the outcomes and life chances of children and young people in foster care. Our Research Briefing (last updated June 2017) summarises our activities and publications. We review existing international research in order to make better use of current evidence.We conduct new research studies in order to address gaps identified by research reviews and issues raised by adults and young people involved in foster care.

Key principles of our research

  • A focus on fostering 
  • User engagement throughout the research process – established consultation groups of LA/independent providers, carers, young people.
  • We employ foster carers and care experienced young people as co-researchers
  • Synthesis of existing international evidence – our findings are reported as a series of Research Reviews, highlights in our Key Messages series
  • New projects including trials, secondary data analysis & mixed method
  • Accessible findings & inviting debate about them – blog, Twitter, Facebook, two-monthly newsletters, regular meetings with key organisations etc.




New! Download review on sibling placement

Authors: Sarah Meakings, Judy Sebba & Nikki Luke

February 2017