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Published 16 July 2020
The case of R (Cornerstone (North East) Adoption and Fostering Service Ltd v Ofsted  EWHC 1679 (Admin) was decided last Friday 10 July. In very brief summary, the High Court held it was unlawful for a charitable adoption and fostering agency to accept only heterosexual evangelical Christians as the potential carers of fostered children. The claim arose because Ofsted had concluded that the charity’s recruitment policy violated various provisions of the Equality Act 2010 (EA 2010) and the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA 1998). The charity sought to judicially review Ofsted.
The Court decided – among other things - that:
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