Making money from children. Meet Core Assets.

The Rees Centre funded by   Core Assets.
Almost omnipresent but in the background are the Common Purpose-esq PriceWaterhouseCoopers who seem to be at the root of the stealth privatisation of Childrens Services. See report at end of this post.

DfES Children’s Services Overarching Report on Children’s Services Markets – PWC
So there we have it the people driving the research and policies fed into the govt via people like Sue Berelowitz are the people who stand to profit ie the likes of Core Assets.
Assuming the main revenue stream of Core Assets is woking for govt / local authorities then the taxpayer is funding this crcle of conflicted interests and its expansion into the newly created marketplace.
And “all in the best interests of the child” ho hum.

Speaking and on a video I cant play is Dep childrens commisioner Sue Berelowitz

Lessons from the Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in gangs and groups; emerging themes for foster carers of adolescents. Sue Berelowitz

another speaker here on video is ….

Fostering young lesbians and gay men – applying research findings. Helen Cosis Brown.

Why are these people seemingly obsessed with “gayness” ?

About us

The Rees Centre aims to improve the life chances of all young people in the care system through research.

Led by Professor Judy Sebba, the Centre was established in April 2012 within the Department of Education at the University of Oxford. It was set up with funding from the Core Assets Group, an international children’s services provider with a particular interest in fostering services in the UK and internationally.

Our research agenda is developed in consultation with Core Assets and other key stakeholders in the UK and internationally. These stakeholders include children and their foster carers, social workers, teachers, the Virtual Schools, local authorities and managers across the public and independent sectors.

The Centre is named after Jan Rees, co-founder of the Core Assets Group. As a foster carer and dedicated social care specialist, Jan has been instrumental in the development of methods to improve outcomes for looked after children worldwide through the Core Assets Group. Jan’s determination to make a difference using evidence-based methods has given the research Centre its name and a strong foundation on which to build.

The Centre works to a strategic plan that among other things strives to achieve sustainability through a diverse funding base to complement the support of Core Assets. Theresearch undertaken and its publication is governed by the University ethics process, and conducted independently of any specific interest groups or funders.




19th Nov, 2013

Bristol City legend Scott Murray has joined the founders of the UK’s leading fostering agency to open an impressive new area office giving a boost to on-going carer recruitment in the region.

The former Robins favourite joined the founders of Core Assets fostering and children’s services group, Jim Cockburn and Jan Rees, to cut the ribbon on its fantastic new facility in Ham Green.

It is hoped the state of the art office at Eden Office Park will help Core Assets’ fostering arm Foster Care Associates (FCA) in its bid to drive up the numbers of foster carers across the region and tackle a shortfall of 10,000 carers throughout the UK.

Co-founder Jim Cockburn said: “I was delighted to be here today to officially open this fantastic new facility which I’m sure will be a hugely significant step in boosting Core Asset’s profile in the Bristol area.

“We were delighted Scott could join us for the opening and see first-hand the great work going on at Core Assets and the passion and dedication of our staff.”

Fellow Core Assets founder Jan Rees added that she was ‘thrilled’ at the facilities the new office provides.

She said: “The Bristol office provides a bright and modern environment to facilitate carer meetings, forums, workshops and training sessions as well as participation groups and family contact for children and young people.

“It is located conveniently close to the M5, and will enable Core Assets to provide a local service to best meet the needs of customers, foster carers and the children and young people the organisation supports throughout the South West.”

South West registered manager at Core Assets, Johan Strydom, encouraged anyone interested in becoming a carer to get in touch.

He said: “We are looking to recruit more compassionate, resilient and hard-working foster carers that place the need of children first and have the transferable skills to care for troubled youngsters.

“By providing 24 hour support, on-going training and support from a team of professionals, Core Assets and the carers it works closely with, are able to provide vulnerable young people with the best possible care.”

If you think you have the patience, commitment and enthusiasm to foster a child or young person, have a spare bedroom and a willingness to learn, contact FCA direct on 0800 023 4561 or visit FCA welcomes applications from single parents, married and co-habiting couples as well as same sex couples.

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Photocaption – Front (left to right) – Core Assets co-founder Jim Cockburn, Bristol City legend Scott Murray and co-founder Jan Rees, with the Core Assets team behind them.

Another subsiduary – Fostering People LTD

Note Price Waterhouse Cooper is the Group’s global auditor ( Common Purpose )

Corporate Governance

Fostering People is a private limited company registered under the Companies Act 1985 (company number 4241833 and company number SC416732 in Scotland) and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Foster Care Associates Ltd (company number 4322806) and part of the Core Assets Group.

Fostering People is registered as an Independent Fostering Provider under the provision of the Care Standards Act 2000 and regulated by Ofsted (Ofsted registration number SC043914) in England, by the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW registration number W150000084) and by the Scottish Social Care Inspectorate (SSCI registration number CS2012311047).

The Fostering People Board of Directors meets regularly and is responsible for strategic direction and corporate and financial governance of the company. The Board members are Jim Cockburn, Sally Melbourne and Stephen Grosvenor.

The Executive Director for Fostering People, Sally Melbourne is the ‘Responsible Individual’. Sally Melbourne reports directly to the Board and line manages the Fostering People Director of Operations, John Platt who is the Registered Manager. John Platt line manages Cassie Yeaman, Service Manager and Registered Manager for Fostering People Scotland and Nigel Fenlon, Service Manager and Registered Manager for Fostering People Wales.

Part of the Core Assets Group

The Core Assets Group is owned by its founders, Jim Cockburn and Jan Rees. Both Jim Cockburn and Jan Rees remain involved with the running of the organisation, with Jim Cockburn appointed as the Executive Chairman and Jan Rees as a Non-Executive Director. Core Assets is a combination of ‘for profit’ and ‘not for profit’ legal entities. Price Waterhouse Cooper is the Group’s global auditor and all accounts are published.

Besides Jim Cockburn and Jan Rees, the work of Core Assets is managed by a Board of Directors, consisting of six Executive Directors and two Non-Executive directors, one of whom is wholly independent.


Reform of Children’s Residential Care

Report of the Expert Group on the
Quality of children’s homes, presented
to DfE Ministers
December 2012

Bibliographical references (1)
1. Introduction
Letters from Tim Loughton MP to Ann Coffey MP and Sue Berelowitz (3 July 2012)
Economic analysis: introduction
The market analysis work was commissioned in order to inform the wider work of the
Expert Group on Quality. The most recent analysis of the national market had been
completed in 2006 (*).(*) DfES Children’s Services: Children’s Homes and Fostering, PricewaterhouseCoopers (2006)

Government and Public Sector
DfES Children’s Services
Overarching Report on
Children’s Services Markets

1 Introduction and Purpose
The DfES wishes to develop an evidence-based strategy for developing the market in children’s
services, which are identified as education, social care, health and other services for children,young people and families, including parents.
The DfES contracted PricewaterhouseCoopers to produce four separate reports on five children’s
services markets. The markets are:
• Children’s Homes and Fostering (which are two separate but very closely linked markets)
• Parental & Family Support Services
• Positive Activities for Young People


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