Child painting with handprints on a family hub poster

Welcome to Stoke-on-Trent City Council

Stoke-on-Trent is a fantastic place to live, work and visit, and is on a positive journey with a rapidly growing economy, creating new jobs and delivering regeneration.  It is a city of kindness, where care for one another runs deep, with a strong sense of civic pride and absolute commitment to delivering the best outcomes for our children and young people.

We want you to consider joining Team Stoke!


Introduction to Stoke-on-Trent City Council, from City Director Jon Rouse

Jon Rouse


This is an exciting time for us, where we have the opportunity to progress our Children and Family Services team and recruit for two assistant director roles: Children’s Social Care (Children in Care & Quality); and, Children’s Social Care (Safeguarding and Early Help). Both roles require unique and experienced individuals with the skills to help drive forward and develop outstanding services.

We are a city of strengths, with a proud heritage and bright future. In the last five years, we have grown economically, with the creation of many new jobs and businesses, and we are ahead of the game in the provision of digital infrastructure. We are determined that all of our residents and communities should share in the benefits of our city’s continuing economic expansion, and we are creating diverse and exciting pathways to enable our children and young people to access those opportunities too.

However, Stoke-on-Trent’s economy and social infrastructure has been hit hard by austerity and its aftermath. Families are stretched, and we are now the Council with the highest proportional number of children in care in England. We are determined to change this! We are building capacity within our children and family services team, taking a new direction in how we deliver services, focusing on prevention, reducing the number of those that come into contact with statutory services, and achieving permanency and stability for those that need our support.

And for those children in care, we have a pressing moral responsibility to give them the chance of a better life. That is why we have created two new roles to tackle both of these challenges. We need a different culture, not only for ourselves but also for the partnerships our families depend on.

In creating these two new posts, we’re offering a fantastic opportunity to develop professionally, leading the future for the city’s children and family’s services, and supporting in the delivery of our vision and priorities, values and aims of the organisation and our communities.

These critical roles will work across all directorates, our partners and communities, reporting directly to the Director of Children and Family Services. We want all young people in Stoke-on-Trent to have the best possible start in life, the best education and the best life chances. They should be safe, healthy, nurtured and loved. Children and young people are our number one priority and we need every adult in Stoke-on-Trent to care passionately and express that through relationships, community and business life.


Who are we looking for?

We have an excellent senior leadership team, with senior members and officers working tirelessly on behalf of our residents. We need strong leaders who are not afraid of a serious challenge and who have the drive, innovation, creativity and passion to see it through. We need leaders who can support the transformation and delivery of improvements to our offer as a city. We need leaders who can motivate our teams, giving them clarity of direction and purpose, and the tools to do their job.

As team players you will join our supportive senior leadership team, where close working with Members and colleagues is essential. We are looking for a One Team approach in the design and delivery of services that are well governed, efficient and fit for purpose, whilst fulfilling the requirements to support and implement the council’s budget strategy.

We are committed to making Stoke-on-Trent a place that all residents can feel safe, supported and proud of, and we want you to be part of this journey! So, do you want to make a difference and work for an ambitious local authority that puts the residents at the forefront of everything it does? Do you want to help lead and shape our services for our residents? If so, then we want to hear from you.

Simon White, Interim Director - Children and Family Services

Simon White

Thank you for your interest in Stoke-on-Trent City Council and for thinking about joining us.

We have created two new Assistant Director roles, reporting to the Director of Children and Family Services, as part of a new management structure. We want two talented people to really change the way we work with children and their families.

For both roles we have a strong moral purpose. We have more children in care in Stoke-on-Trent proportionately than any English Council. We want to do much more to help families so that children do not end up in care.  And for those children already in the system we want to get them out as quickly as we can – into permanence, whether that is back home, through an SGO, or through adoption. 

Stoke-on-Trent has been hard hit by austerity and its aftermath – our communities, family resilience and the quality of public services. We need to work creatively to make sure those who need the most help are best served by the services we have.

If you have the experience and values to help us, apply today.

Our City, Our Wellbeing Strategic Plan 2024-2028

In our new Our City, Our Wellbeing Strategic Plan 2024-2028, we set out our strategic vision and priorities for Stoke-on-Trent City Council and the wider city. It is as much a corporate plan for the council’s directorates and teams as it is a strategic blueprint for improving Stoke-on-Trent as a city through creating shared wealth and reducing inequality.


Our priorities 

To achieve our vision, the strategy proposes to organise our plans against seven themes, each of which will contribute to improved community wellbeing; 


1. Healthier - Creating a healthier standard of living for all our citizens 

2. Wealthier - Reducing hardship and enabling greater shared prosperity 

3. Safer - Building empowered communities, safe from the threat of harm 

4. Greener - Conserving our environment and living more sustainably 

5. Cleaner - Working together to clean up our city and our communities 

6. Fairer- Tackling inequality and improving life chances for everyone 

7. Skilled – Providing opportunities for people to improve their skills and education 



You can find a full copy of the strategy here.