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The County Durham Partnership (CDP) framework is made up of the CDP Forum, CDP Board, five thematic partnerships and 14 Area Action Partnerships (AAPs). There is a strong track record of working in partnership across County Durham, which is evident throughout the partnership framework. 

Framework Diagram

This framework is described more fully in the partnership framework booklet, County Durham Partnership Framework (PDF, 1Mb).  If you require any further specific information please contact us.

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County Durham Partnership Board

The board's members meet on a monthly basis to drive a common purpose and ambition for the county, influence the use of all partners' resources and ensure a strong focus on the achievement of the county's priorities in the Sustainable Community Strategy (SCS). 

County Durham Partnership Forum

To ensure local communities and local councils' views are listened to, the forum meets three times a year and brings together the partnership board with AAPs and a representative from County Durham Association of Local Councils (CDALC).

Thematic Partnerships

The partnership framework has five lead thematic partnerships which each concentrate on specific areas of work. Each of these thematic partnerships has further partnerships and groups that feed into them.

The five lead thematic partnerships in County Durham are:

Area Action Partnerships (AAPs)

Each of the 14 AAPs is made up of an area forum, which members of the public can attend and an area board of elected members, members of the public and key organisations within the area.