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Department of Education

Rees Centre

Our mission as a research centre is to produce research and evidence which enables us to understand and improve the role of children’s social care in the education and lives of children and families supported by children’s social care.

Our vision is that children and young people supported by children’s social care services have better educational outcomes, better experiences and better lives. We conduct research to understand the nature and causes of outcomes, test ideas about how things might improve and to inform policy and practice.

We begin from a commitment to the rights of children, particularly those with a need for care and protection, and to independent research of the highest quality that supports the full realisation of these rights. This requires us to understand the experiences of those interacting with children’s social care and the ways the system functions. It requires us to co-design research with those most affected by it and to make our findings accessible to those seeking to act on them.


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The Rees Centre is part of the Department of Education, University of Oxford, 15 Norham Gardens OX2 6PY

Tel: 01865 274050

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