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Jim Cockburn, executive chairman, founder and owner of Core Assets, John Timpson, chairman and owner of the Timpson shoe repair chain and Professor Judy Sebba

Core Assets leaves lasting research legacy

The children's services group celebrates the success of the Centre of Excellence it founded five years ago

Posted by Hannah Vickers | July 13, 2017 | People, policy, politics, money

Core Assets’ six-year investment of £1.8 million in the Rees Centre, within the Department of Education at Oxford University, has reached a five-year milestone.

Core Assets decided to fund the development of the research centre, headed up by Professor Judy Sebba, in 2012. Its remit was to focus on much-needed research and evaluation of fostering, adoption and children’s social care. 

Jim Cockburn, Executive Chairman, founder and owner of Core Assets said: “The workload and achievements of the Rees Centre over the past five years has been remarkable and the hard work and commitment of Professor Judy Sebba and her team has already resulted in 10 research reviews and seven pieces of new research that have had a major impact on fostering and adoption practice regionally, nationally and internationally.

“Core Assets has always been committed to innovating and bringing in specialist expertise that fits with its ambition to make a positive and lasting difference to looked after children, young people and families. This includes the provision of foster care placements and specialist services for teenagers, sibling groups, parent and child placements, children with complex needs, asylum seeking children and children and young people moving from residential into foster families.

“The Rees Centre’s work in these areas has helped to inform practice and shape guidance for the thousands of people committed to working to provide looked after children and young people with the tailored and effective support they need.”

When Core Assets established the Rees Centre in 2012 with a social investment of £1.8 million, the joint aim was that the centre would maintain its ethical independence and built indisputable integrity whilst becoming financially sustainable by the end of the agreement in 2018. By creating a lasting research legacy for the whole of the sector that is recognised nationally and internationally, the Rees Centre has already attracted additional funding from a wide range of sources and Oxford University has acknowledged the success of the Centre, as well as assisting in securing its future.

Future funding for the Rees Centre has been secured from research grants and from 2017 John Timpson, chairman and owner of the Timpson shoe repair chain, will fund a substantial project, helping to secure the centre’s future. He has fostered more than 90 children, adopted two children and has three children of his own, including Edward Timpson, former high-profile MP and Minister for Children and Families. 

The team at the Rees Centre has worked hard to build professional authority in the children’s services sector and I am proud to support its continued work long into the future - John Timpson, chairman and owner of the Timpson shoe repair chain

John Timpson said: “I share Core Assets’ commitment to nurturing innovation and best practice in fostering and adoption. The team at the Rees Centre has worked hard to build professional authority in the children’s services sector and I am proud to support its continued work long into the future.”

Professor Judy Sebba, at the Rees Centre added: “The work we have done with Core Assets has had a marked influence on practice not just in the UK but around the world and we are extremely proud of the role we have played in helping them to drive best practice in the frontline of fostering and adoption.”

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