Christian fostering agency challenges anti-religious Ofsted report

May 6, 2020 by

from The Christian Institute:

A Christian fostering agency has launched a legal challenge against Ofsted over a controversial inspection report requiring it to abandon its religious ethos.

Cornerstone Adoption and Fostering Service, an independent fostering agency which only places children with evangelical Christians, was visited by inspectors last year.

Despite previously being rated ‘Good’ in all areas, the most recent Ofsted report downgraded the fostering work to ‘Requires Improvement’, and branded Cornerstone’s ethos “discriminatory” because it holds to the mainstream Christian view of marriage.

‘Seriously flawed’

The agency’s case will be heard by the High Court next week via video link. It is being supported by The Christian Institute.

Sheila Bamber, Cornerstone’s Chair of Trustees, said Ofsted failed to have proper regard to the law in downgrading Cornerstone “for its faith ethos that requires foster carers to be committed evangelical Christians who live out that faith in all areas of their life”.

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