Equality, Inclusion & Anti-discriminatory Practice in Foster Care


Here at Capstone Foster Care, it is imperative that equality, inclusion and anti-discriminatory practice is at the core of what we do. This is to ensure that children and young people in foster care are protected against discrimination against their gender, race, sex, age, class, religion, sexual orientation, disability, beliefs or ethnicity. Also, to make sure that anyone, no matter their background or protected characteristic should have the opportunity to become a foster carer if they wish to.

What is equality, inclusion and anti-discriminatory practice?

  • Equality in foster care is about creating equal opportunities for children and our foster carers, ensuring that they are treated fairly.
  • Inclusion in fostering makes sure that all foster children and parents have access to the resources they need and that no one is excluded.
  • Finally, anti-discriminatory practice is the act of being proactively against discriminatory behaviour.

Equality, inclusion and anti-discriminatory practice in foster care

Equality, inclusion and anti-discriminatory practice not only impacts the children who are in care, but also have an effect on foster parents, biological parents and social workers supporting the child. Therefore, it’s important to us that we treat our foster carers and children as individuals, celebrating their diversity.  

How does Capstone Foster Care promote equality, inclusion and anti-discriminatory practice?

Our Values

Here at Capstone, we are proud of our diverse spectrum of families who come from a range of backgrounds. Our carers can be;

  • Married, in a relationship or single
  • Be of any culture, ethnicity or race
  • Have a disability
  • Have children of their own or have no children at all
  • Be of any gender
  • Be of any religion, or no religion at all
  • Belong to the LGBTQ+ community or be heterosexual

It’s important that our values reflect anti-discriminatory legislation. In the UK, the Equality Act 2010 protects the rights of individuals regarding age, disability, gender, marriage or civil partnership, race, religion, beliefs, sex or sexual orientation. These values can be found in our Statement of Purpose.

Celebrating diversity

Here at Capstone, we celebrate diversity.

Patrick and Sebastian who are a LGBTQ couple said, "We did have our own insecurities that we may not be approved, or have children placed with us because we are a gay couple, but we have never felt any prejudice from Capstone which has been great. We would love to see more same sex couples apply to become foster carers and explore this option of starting a family instead of only considering adoption, fostering is just as rewarding if not more." Read more about their story here

Umrana, who is of Muslim background said "I am a second-generation Asian, Muslim woman with dual cultural heritage, and I grew up in a multi-cultural community. I feel that any challenges and experiences I have had have led to so much growth for me and to positive things. I know that as a foster carer, I will often be advocating for a child, and I feel that a Muslim young person could really benefit from my experience to nurture a strong sense of cultural identity." Read more about her story here

Albie and Hazel, who thought they were too old to foster said,  “We were 57 and 53 years old respectively when we started fostering and I remember thinking back then we might be too old, turns out this wasn’t the case. Our family home felt very quiet, we had spare bedrooms and we wanted to change a life.” Read more about their story here.

Foster children and parents should be offered the same opportunities regardless of any protected characteristics. No child should have poorer life choices because of their gender, race, sex, age, class, religion, sexual orientation, disability, beliefs or ethnicity.

If you’re thinking of fostering, you can find out more about fostering as a career or foster care requirements. Or if you’d like more information, get in touch with our helpful team today.

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