Manchester asked to adopt a charter for families who lost loved ones in the arena bombing

Friday, January 12th, 2018 9:40am

An independent review panel looking at the response to the Manchester Arena Attack is asking Greater Manchester to sign up to a ‘Charter for families bereaved through public tragedy’.

The panel – chaired by Lord Bob Kerslake – has today (Friday, January 12) published a progress report outlining the work carried out so far and recommending that all public bodies adopt the charter that was inspired by the Hillsborough families and proposed by The Right Reverend James Jones KBE in his recently published report.

The charter asks organisations to commit to learning lessons from Hillsborough and its aftermath to ensure the perspective of bereaved families isn’t lost in any future public tragedies.

Lord Bob Kerslake, who is chairing the Manchester Arena Attack review, said: “Since the arena review got underway in September 2017, we have strived to put the bereaved families, the seriously injured and all those affected by the attack at the heart of the review and ensure their voices are heard by involving them in every step of the process and exploring events from their perspective.

 “The panel wants to ensure that the ethos of putting families first isn’t lost following this tragedy or in the future, that’s why we are recommending Greater Manchester adopts the ‘Charter for families bereaved through public tragedy’ that was introduced as part of the Right Reverend Jones’ report.

 “Throughout the review we have given everyone the chance to have their say and share their experiences of that dreadful night and the days that followed – good or bad – so we can look at what worked well and learn any lessons for the future. I’m grateful to everyone who has contributed and come forward with their views and experiences of what was undoubtedly an extremely traumatic event.”

The review was commissioned by the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham following the terror attack at the Manchester Arena on May 22, 2017, which killed 22 people and injured hundreds more.

Lord Kerslake, supported by a panel of experts, was asked to assess Greater Manchester’s preparedness for the attack, explore the response of the different agencies and emergency services, identify good practice, and look at any opportunities to strengthen future response to terror attacks...

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