On this page you will find resources and guides to help you in your role as a fostering panel member.
Scrolling down this page you will find:
- Panel Member Guide Handbook (downloadable handbook)
- Accessing Panel Documents in the Charms system
- Terms of Approval Guidance
Fostering Panel Members Guide
Charms – System of Record
As a Fostering Panel Member you will be assigned a user account on a system called “Charms”. Charms is our “system of record” and contains all of the information and documents relating to fostering applicants, foster families and children / young people.
Your Panel Administrator will send your initial login details for Charms directly to you and this will contain a temporary password and passphrase. You will then be able to login using this link: https://regionalfosterfamilies.mycharms.uk/CharmsUser/Logon/Login
When you login for the first time you will be prompted to create your own password.
Each time you login you will be prompted to enter certain characters from the passphrase. You can, if you wish, change your passphrase by clicking on your account details.
We will be presented with this screen once you have logged in:
As a Panel Member, you will usually only need to concentrate on the Families box. The number in the families box will be dependant on the number of items presenting to the scheduled Panel.
Accessing the Panel Documents for a Foster Family
Click the number in the families box to get to this screen:
The list of families presenting to Panel will be shown at the bottom of the page.
Click on the Foster Parent ID which will bring up Foster Parent information.
From the toolbar on the left hand side, click on Progress.
This will bring up a “Panel Ready Document” Progress line and will show a yellow folder.
Click on the yellow folder and you should see all of the Panel Documents relevant to the Potential Foster Parent / Foster Parent.
Click on the eye Symbol to view the documents.
If there is more than one case being presented to Panel, select Menu from the tool bar on the left hand side and this will take you back to the families page where you started, and you can repeat the above steps for each Foster Family.
Foster Parents Terms of Approval – Guidance
Terms of approval should cover:
- Number of children approved to foster and whether this is different if there are siblings that can share bedrooms.
- Ages of children – taking into account the fostering family’s lifestyle. Note any smokers living in the home will restrict approval to aged 5 plus.
- Type of fostering – See below