Cornerstone (North East) Adoption and Fostering Services Ltd, Regina (on The Application of) v HM Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills (OFSTED): CA 24 Sep 2021

The Court was asked whether it was lawful for Cornerstone only to accept heterosexual evangelical Christians as potential carers. Ofsted considers that it is unlawful and, in a report issued in draft it assessed the effectiveness of Cornerstone’s leaders and managers as ‘Inadequate’. This was in large measure because Ofsted considered that, by only recruiting foster carers who are practising Christian carers in opposite sex marriages, Cornerstone’s recruitment and selection process for foster carers did not comply with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.


Lord Justice Peter Jackson


[2021] EWHC 2544 (Comm), [2022] 2 All ER 516, [2022] PTSR 595




Equality Act 2010


England and Wales


Updated: 25 May 2022; Ref: scu.668282