Department of Education

Rees Centre

The Rees Centre produces research evidence to improve policy and practice relating to children’s social care and education. We aim to improve the educational outcomes, wellbeing and life chances 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. Our work is supported by a variety of funders and includes the Hadley Programme of Research led by Professor Julie Selwyn.

Current projects

Completed projects

Spotlight on topics and methodologies

The Rees Centre is currently working in the following areas:

  • improving educational outcomes
  • schools, further and higher education
  • mental health and wellbeing
  • foster care related research
  • adoption
  • care leaver transitions and access to further/higher education and employment
  • health of looked after children
  • family justice
  • refugee and asylum-seeking young people
  • cost effectiveness of services and support provided to children and families including cost calculator


Include the following:

  • secondary data analysis
  • data visualisation
  • systematic review
  • evaluation
  • participatory methods

Personal data and research projects

How we process your personal data if you agreed to participate in a research study or project run by academic researchers at the University of Oxford; and/or provided your personal data to another organisation who has passed on that data to the University of Oxford for research purposes.

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