The Rees Centre Webinar Lunchtime Series intends to focus on a broad range of questions related to the practice of care, practice in education, policy and system change. This series serves as a platform for the sharing and exchange of knowledge, catering to researchers, students, practitioners, and individuals interested in these subjects.

You can attend the webinars online via Teams.


Research into action: The story of the New Belongings Programme

Tuesday 21st May, 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Speaker: Dr. Claire Baker


For nearly 25 years, Dr. Claire Baker has specialised in research focusing on the experiences and outcomes for young people in and leaving care. Over this time Claire has worked in both academic and senior policy roles influencing the legislative and policy context and advancing research knowledge. Claire has published nationally and internationally as well as creating tools for practice.


New Belongings is a Programme that works with local authorities to help them improve their services for care leavers with care leavers. In this seminar Claire will describe the key components of the approach, the key tools used and share examples of how authorities co-produced changes to their services based on what young people said was important to them. She will reflect on the findings from her evaluation and how these supported the development of the Programme.

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There will be another webinar on Tuesday 18th June at 12.30pm. More details to follow soon. 

Tuesday 18th June, 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Speaker: Dr Ellie Ott


Dr Ellie Ott has led research to improve the lives of children and families facing adversity across academia, government, and non-profit organisations. She is also a research methodologist focused on evidence synthesis and systematic reviews, mixed-methods research, and impact evaluations.

Previously, Ellie managed research, knowledge exchange, impact evaluations, and systematic reviews around children’s social care at the Rees Centre at the University of Oxford and led the Humanitarian Evidence Programme at Oxfam. She has a doctorate from the Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention at the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Dr Ott also holds an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford. Ellie has been a consultant to the UN Refugee Agency and previously worked as a research analyst and Truman-Albright Fellow in the US Department of Health and Human Services, improving research on children and families.

At Centre of Evidence and Implementation, Ellie is based in the London office and is responsible for a portfolio of evaluation, research, and evidence synthesis projects, including those that seek to improve services and the lives of children with a social worker and separated migrant children. She is also a foster carer.