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2. What is a partnership

Partnership working is becoming ever increasing way of working to provide efficiencies and we are increasingly finding that we wish to, or are required to, work through partnerships. Sometimes what we call a partnership is actually a contractual relationship, joint commissioning, loose network, or an information sharing group. 

We use the following as the definition of a partnership:

“An agreement between two or more independent bodies to work collectively to achieve an objective.”

A partnership must also reflect the following criteria:

*   critical to the delivery of the council’s corporate priorities

*   strategic in nature

*   require significant resource input from the council

*   have constitution and governance arrangements in place

*   have multi-agency membership