Views sought on official response to Arena attacks

People caught up in the devastating attack on the Manchester Arena in May are being encouraged to share their experience as part of an independent review looking at the response to the incident.

Lord Bob Kerslake was appointed as chair of the review by the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham in July and is leading a panel looking at how prepared the city was and how it responded to the atrocity.

People can have their say over the next six weeks and provide any information which will help the investigation understand exactly how emergency services and others responded to the incident, as well as the actions across the city in the week afterwards.

Initial findings are expected to be published in January 2018, with a final report and any recommendations due a few months later in April.

Children’s charity the NSPCC will be providing support to the review, with those who wish to share their experiences able to do so through its helpline service. The NSPCC’s Childline service is also available to support children affected by the attack.

The NSPCC’s Head of Helplines, John Cameron, said: “So many children and families were affected by the attack at Manchester Arena and at the NSPCC we know that experiencing something so traumatic can have a huge long-term impact on young people. Our trained staff will listen to your experiences and provide this information to the review on your behalf, so that lessons can be learned for the future.”

If you wish to contribute to the Kerslake Review into the Manchester Arena Attack you can:

  • Call 0800 919 177 between 9am and 7pm
  • Email
  • Write to NSPCC Helpline, Weston House, 42 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3NH

Children who wish to contribute their experiences to the independent review can do so through the Helpline or through the NSPCC’s Childline service on 0800 1111.

Stuart Goulden

Lead Consultant