Children and young people are at the heart of our city. We want them to thrive.
In the last five years, many good things have happened in Stoke-on-Trent. We have grown economically with many new jobs and businesses. We have more schools that are rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’. We are ahead of the game on provision of digital infrastructure. We have seen improvements in quality of life for many people. Our City is on the up!
We want our children and young people to inherit these changes, to build their lives in our city and to take the opportunities Stoke-on-Trent can offer. For that to happen, our young people need the best start in life, the best education, good health, to be safe and to be loved and nurtured. Sadly, that isn’t the case for too many of our children here in Stoke-on-Trent. Indeed, on many measures, we are lagging large parts of the country. This has to change.
Our children need room to grow. Working together, we can provide them with fertile ground in which they can flourish. During the coronavirus outbreak, Stoke-on-Trent communities have come together like never before. We will now harness that energy for our children and young people.
This strategy is the product of our City, sets out key priorities for the coming years. This strategy is a partnership – public, private and voluntary sector – for the whole city to work together on behalf of our children and young people. That is how we will create a city where our children thrive – which is the most important priority for all of us.