On 27 April 2016, the day after the conclusion of the fresh inquests into the deaths of those unlawfully killed in the Hillsborough stadium disaster of 1989, the Home Secretary commissioned Bishop James Jones to write a report into the Hillsborough families’ experiences. She was keen that the country understands and learns from the families’ experiences to ensure that the full perspective of those most affected by the Hillsborough disaster is not lost.
Bishop James published his report on 1 November 2017. He makes 25 points of learning. These are shown in chapter 5 of his report. Bishop James has highlighted 3 points of learning in particular that there should be:
- a charter for families bereaved through public tragedy
- ‘proper participation’ of bereaved families at inquests
- a duty of candour which should require police officers – serving or retired – to cooperate fully with investigations undertaken by the Independent Police Complaints Commission or its successor body