PfSH operates around the key principle of ‘subsidiarity’. PfSH is a strategic partnership and deals with genuinely strategic/sub-regional matters, where it can add value to the efforts of the individual partners. PfSH does not get involved in direct service delivery or the statutory service roles of the partner authorities or indeed those of the wider partners. PfSH’s key role is in co-ordination and oversight of both policy development and delivery at a strategic level. The Governance structures and arrangements reflect these principles.
The constitutional arrangements for PfSH are set out in a formal legal agreement, entitled the PfSH Joint Agreement approved by each of the constituent authorities that establishes the Joint Arrangements, namely the governance structures, Joint Committee and Chief Executives Group.