Stakeholder Glossary

There’s a large number of organisations you will come across as part of your Community Sponsorship journey.  This glossary is designed to explain the role of some of the key stakeholders you will encounter.  This glossary isn't exhaustive and if you read anything that you are unsure of, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Organisations involved in Community Sponsorship

CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group)
The NHS body responsible for the planning and commissioning of health services in their local area.  In Scotland and Northern Ireland, this is your Health Board.
CIC Regulator (Community Interest Companies Regulator)
The Office of the Regulator of Community Interest Companies decides whether an organisation is eligible to become, or continue to be, a community interest company. It is responsible for investigating complaints and it provides guidance and assistance to help people set up CICs.
Charity Commission
Non-ministerial government department that regulates registered charities and maintains the Central Register of Charities. In Scotland this is Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).
Community Sponsorship Team
This is the team within the Home Office who receive and assess applications from groups applying to become community sponsors.
DWP (Department for Work and Pensions)
The UK Government department responsible for welfare and pension policy. The department has four operational organisations: Jobcentre Plus administers working age benefits such as Universal Credit, Jobseeker’s Allowance; the Pension Service pays Basic State Pension and Pension Credit; the Disability and Carers Service provides financial support to disabled people and their carers; and the Child Maintenance Group provides the statutory Child Support Schemes, operating as the Child Support Agency and Child Maintenance Service.
HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs)
The UK’s tax, payments and customs authority which is also responsible for processing some forms of benefit, such as Child Benefit, Child Tax Credits and Working Tax Credits.
Home Office
Home Office: A ministerial department of Her Majesty’s Government of the United Kingdom, responsible for immigration, security and law and order. The Resettlement, Asylum Support and Integration unit within the United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) directorate lead on Resettlement Operations for the Home Office.
Home Office Contact Officer
A Contact Officer is the liaison between the Home Office and Local Authorities or Community Sponsorship Groups after a family arrives.  They will be able to advise on technicalities relating to the resettlement process
IOM (International Orgnisation for Migration)
An intergovernmental organisation that provides services and advice concerning migration to governments and migrants, including internally displaced persons, refugees and migrant workers. IOM works closely with the Home Office and UNHCR. IOM carry out a range of pre-departure logistics, including medical checks and also escort resettled refugees to ensure that they arrive safely in the UK.A representative from IOM will accompany families who are resettled through Community Sponsorship during their flight to the UK.
Lead Sponsor
Some Community Sponsorship groups, who are not a charity or CIC will need to partner with a local or national charity who will take legal and overall responsibility for the group. This is a Lead Sponsor.  A single person in the organisation will also be named as the Lead Sponsor, and the Home Office will carry out security checks on that person.
Lead Sponsor Network
A network of representatives from organisations who take on the role of Lead Sponsor in Community Sponsorship projects set up by Reset. The Lead Sponsor Network is meeting virtually quarterly, with regular updates including changes to the process for Community Sponsorship, through the year. 
Local Authority
The local government organisation that is responsible for the provision of public services and facilities in a particular area. Often known as the Council. Your Local Authority will need to fill out the consent form before your Group can send Community Sponsorship application to the Home Office. You can read more about the process of getting consent from your Local Authority here.
Local Authority Safeguarding Team
A multi-agency body set up by the Local Authority.  Agencies typically represented in the team include: health services, the police, probation services and the local youth offending team. The Local Authority Safeguarding Team's role is to coordinate the work of the agencies it represents to make sure that vulnerable people in the local area are effectively protected. Your Group will need to give the Local Authority Safeguarding Team an opportunity to comment on your safeguarding policy.
NPT (Neighbourhood Policing Team)
The NPT are part of your local police force. They will need to give consent for a family to be settled in the housing you find. Also known as a Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT).
Refugee Group Leads Network
The representative from the DWP with responsibility in your region for issues related to refugees accessing benefits.  
Reset Communities and Refugees
That’s us! Reset is the UK’s Community Sponsorship hub for training, research and policy development . We are funded by the Home Office and numerous philanthropic foundations. Our work includes providing support and advice to sponsor groups, the provision of training as part of the approval process to become a community sponsor, and providing opportunities to share best practice in Community Sponsorship.  
SMP (Strategic Migration Partnerships)
Regional partnerships which receive some funding from the Home Office to work with local authorities and local organisations to support migrants, asylum seekers and refugees. Also referred to as Regional Strategic Migration Partnerships (RSMPs).
SNT (Safer Neighbourhood Team)
See Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT)
UKVI (United Kingdom Visas and Immigration)
The division of the Home Office responsible for deciding who has the right to visit or stay in the UK. It manages the UK’s visa system and considers applications for British citizenship by foreign nationals.
UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)
A UN agency with the mandate to protect refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people, and assist in their voluntary repatriation, local integration or resettlement in another country. Also known as the UN Refugee Agency.