Equal opportunities policy

The National Fostering Group complies with the provisions and spirit of the legislation and existing codes of practice produced by the relevant commissions for the promotion of equal opportunities for all.

The National Fostering Group complies with:

  • Equality Act 2010
  • Race Relations Act 1976 (amended 2000)
  • Sex Discrimination Act 1975 (amended 1986)
  • Equal Pay Act 1970 (amended 1984)
  • Disability Discrimination Act 1995
  • Protection from Harassment Act 1977
  • Human Rights Act 1977
  • Human Rights Act 1998

This is not an exhaustive list.

It is the policy of the National Fostering Group to provide equal opportunity in employment regardless of sex, sexual orientation, marital status, race, age, disability, religion or ethnic origin. This is not an exhaustive list. The agency’s equal opportunities policy applies to our recruitment, training, service provision and resource allocation.

Our equal opportunities policy is brought to the attention of every new and existing foster carer and is regularly reviewed. Foster carers working for us are all expected to work in accordance with the principles of our equal opportunities policy.

Foster carers are expected to:

  • Provide an inclusive environment which celebrates the individual
  • Develop and promote cultural group links
  • Have the ability to care for a child whose background is different to their own and fully respect those differences
  • Respect and help empower members of the community who may feel marginalised, such as birth parents
  • Take up training and development opportunities on the range of equality and diversity matters
  • Challenge appropriate individuals and institutions that display behaviour that is prejudiced towards individuals or groups

We will promote awareness of our equal opportunities policy through the use of training material, policy development and service standards. It is central to all activities. It is the personal responsibility of every foster carer to ensure that our equal opportunities policy is followed. Our policy applies not only to our staff, but also to our relationships with customers and suppliers.

If you feel that you have been discriminated against or you have any questions about the application of our equal opportunities policy, please raise the matter through your Supervising Social Worker or service manager.

Cooperation is essential in ensuring the success of our equal opportunities policy. Discriminatory actions, language or behaviour by foster carers will be treated as serious misconduct and could lead to deregistration.

We state in the strongest possible terms that social media, or indeed any platform, must not be used to make racist and derogatory remarks by any foster carer or member of staff. Any such incident would be investigated thoroughly and, depending on the outcome, treated as serious misconduct, which would impact on employment or registration.

This version was last updated February 2020.