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Local Authority Network 

Over the last few years some local authorities have made becoming a City of Sanctuary a core part of their corporate strategy and have put in place the resources, networks and structures to make this a reality. These local authorities have been working closely with their local groups and supporting City of Sanctuary UK in developing the network. Following an extensive consultation process with our wider network, the City of Sanctuary UK membership voted to set up the City of Sanctuary Local Authority Network.

The aims:- 

  • To support the development of a non-partisan network of local authorities that are working towards the City of Sanctuary vision
  • To promote the embedding of a culture and practice of welcome in Local Authorities to support the City of Sanctuary theory of change

The objectives: 

  • Recognise Local Authorities which are meeting certain standards through the awards process in order to offer a benchmark and inspiration for other Local Authorities, which will include setting and maintaining the award criteria for being “….a recognised County/District/Borough/City/Unitary/Parish/Town [delete as appropriate] Council of Sanctuary”;
  • Facilitate engagement and awareness with other local authorities to increase the number of members using existing networks/connections/processes;
  • Support the City of Sanctuary UK staff team to develop of the City of Sanctuary Local Authority network, website and resources to enable the sharing of good practice;
  • Represent the network in national and international debate with a clear and unified voice;
  • Support the City of Sanctuary UK staff team to work with City of Sanctuary groups, and particularly people seeking sanctuary, to enable them to engage with their local authorities;
  • Enable and empower people seeking sanctuary to lead at all levels of the network;
  • To act as a conduit between other relevant UK and international local government networks and initiatives and the City of Sanctuary Local Authority network through existing networks/processes;
  • To act as a coordinated network of Local Authorities that are demonstrating best practice and who work together to identify national policy issues in order to make collective representations with the aim of influencing Government policies and international processes to encourage and enable change;

The membership:

Any local authority (to include county councils, districts, boroughs or city councils, unitary councils, London boroughs, combined authorities, metropolitan boroughs as well as parish and town councils] can apply to become a member of the network, there are two types of membership;

  1. Awarded member – Local Authority has gone through the award appraisal process and gained recognition (*please note that local authorities who were awarded as part of a city-wide recognition process or a self-recognition process will be classed as awarded members but will be expected to submit an application form within six months of the membership application).
  2. Non-awarded member – Local Authority has signed up to vision and values of City of Sanctuary and has committed to working towards the award

The Steering Group:

The role of the Steering Group is to support the lead member(s) of City of Sanctuary staff and the network in an advisory capacity to assist the strategic and operational development of the City of Sanctuary Local Authority to achieve its objectives and maximise the outcomes.

To provide professional expertise or expertise through experience to

  • Provide ideas about how the network can grow sustainably
  • Review and support the development of resources
  • Review and affirm the awards process and set minimum criteria
  • Support the appraisal process at a national level when required
  • Support national conferences and network meetings to take forward the network
  • Support the development of funding applications
  • Assist in monitoring and evaluation of the network
  • To link with other City of Sanctuary Steering groups e.g. Schools, Universities etc
  • Assist in the media and communications strategy to promote the network

If you are interested in joining the steering group please see the terms of reference and contact [email protected].