Charter for Families Bereaved through Public Tragedy
We've committed to treating families bereaved through public tragedy with
- sensitivity and
We've also committed to being open to public scrutiny in the aftermath of events.
The National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) has signed the charter for families bereaved through public tragedy – on behalf of all 43 police forces in England and Wales.
The charter was a key recommendation of the 2017 review of the Hillsborough families’ experiences, by The Right Reverend James Jones.
The NPCC has written to all police forces and chief constables to ensure that the principles set out in the charter are being implemented locally.
By signing the charter, policing is making a public commitment to learn the lessons of the Hillsborough disaster and its aftermath. This includes ensuring the perspective of bereaved families is not lost during the response of public organisations to major incidents and that families are treated with care and compassion at all times.
Policing is also making a pledge to improve the way the service responds to disasters by being more open and transparent and by placing public interest above all other priorities.