Adoption & fostering services and discrimination: Cornerstone (NE)

Background

Cornerstone (North East) Adoption and Fostering Services Ltd) is an independent fostering agency which recruited and supported carers for children in local authority care needing fostering and/or adoption [1]. Cornerstone only accepted heterosexual married Evangelical Christians as potential carers – a stance which Ofsted considered unlawful. In a report issued in draft on 12 June 2019, Ofsted had assessed the effectiveness of Cornerstone’s leaders and managers as “Inadequate” [2]. It had done so because it had concluded that Cornerstone’s recruitment and selection process for foster-carers contravened the Equality Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act 1998 by discriminating on the grounds of sexual orientation and that it contravened the HRA 1998 on the grounds of religion or belief. Continue reading