The Rees Centre is located within the department and aims to improve the life chances and particularly the educational outcomes of children supported by children’s social care services through research and evaluation.
The primary audiences for the Centre’s work are children’s social care practitioners and managers, foster carers, schools, policy makers and other academics.
The Centre has a focus on children and young people in care, children in need and care leavers. Set up in 2012 with funding from the Core Assets Group (an international children’s services provider), the centre was established to inform children’s services by improving the evidence base around foster care, foster carers and the wide range of organisations that provide fostering services. Our work has now expanded to include other types of accommodation and childrens’ services more widely.
The Centre has a well established track record of working with the government Department of Education and Ofsted, the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) and the National Association of Virtual School Heads (NAVSH) as well as bodies such as the National Association of Fostering Providers and the Office for the Children’s Commissioner.