In addition to the over-arching JRIEP Theme Steering Groups, a number of regional networks and working groups exist to add value to work underway within the region. They have been requested by local authorities to bring together heads of service, service managers and other colleagues.The newtorks provide:
- economies of scale to do things together better on a regional basis and prevent re-inventing wheels
- support for policy development and introduction of initiatives
- an opportunity to develop regional projects to tackle areas of common need
- excellent professional development for those who attend
The remit and agenda of these regional networks are defined by the local authority colleagues who attend, although other national and regional partners are often also active network members. The SDSA's role is usually to provide the additional facilitation capacity that has been identified as an essential element in sustainable networks.
The current list of networks includes the following: