The Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education is based within the Education Department at the University of Oxford. Core Assets’ pledge was six years of funding to establish this independent centre.
Through research and its application, the Rees Centre aims to make a difference to the life chances of children and young people in foster care and those who have experienced care across the world.
Their research agenda is developed in consultation with key stakeholders in the UK and internationally. These stakeholders include children and their foster carers, social workers, teachers, Virtual Schools, local and governmental authorities and managers across the public, private and voluntary sectors.
Set up with funding from the Core Assets Group in 2012, which continued until 2018, the Rees Centre research has a particular focus on children and young people in care, foster carers and the wider range of organisations that provide fostering services. It also focuses on building a sense of attachment, security and belonging for young people, and achieving improved educational outcomes, health and well-being.
The Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education’s overall mission is to improve care for children and young people.