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The Campaign seeks to show that life is best approached in a spirit of exploration, adventure and enterprise; to influence and better inform attitudes towards risk; to build wider recognition that chance, unforeseen circumstances and uncertainty are inescapable features of life and that absolute safety is unachievable; and to demonstrate that sensible education and preparation enable an appropriate balance to be achieved between risk & safety and achievement & opportunity.

Balancing Society - Litigation Update - SARaH Bill
Tuesday, 09 February 2016

The SARaH Bill was passed and now we have the instruction to courts that social good intention must be taken into account in all cases of alleged negligence.

Whilst this may appear to be a re-write of existing case-law it is the intention and determination which is different: this government wants to show that acts with good intention which may have not worked out, but which show basic common-sense and a reasonable approach to health and safety should be commended and supported, especially by the lower courts. This latter point is important since it has been the case that teachers, community workers, sports coaches, youth-workers, volunteers and so on, have all had their careers and lives put on hold as the slow and unhelpful progression of cases through the courts have led to media hype over long periods, including stories of suspension, poor professionalism and poorly balanced articles on risk when a case is lost in a lower court, even when overturned at a later higher court hearing. Later articles rarely being equal in detail or headline to the original.  Thus we expect a more balanced and informed approach by all courts in the future as well as more confidence by our professionals - volunteers and paid - that their good intentions and contribution to society are much better valued by all. Expectation of balanced media coverage remains an issue, but many reporters and editors have been better balanced and less seeking of unhelpful headlines.

We at CfA are now seeking discussion between insurance, legal and professional associations to check whether or not the UK should raise the bar of litigation to the far higher level of 'Reckless Endangerment' - as is present in some US states and a few other countries.  If you have a view, please do write to us!

SARaH Bill - 2015 - Latest
Sunday, 04 January 2015

 It seems we still need to lobby hard to ensure the SARaH Bill reaches those parts of our society which the media and courts seem determined to undermine.  Come on Parliament, support our society, its volunteers and its future! - Ian Lewis Campaign for Adventure.

New discussion in Lords supports UK society's need for this legislation. Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts speaks...

 "I continue, therefore, to believe that this legislation sends an important signal—there I agree with the noble and learned Lord. This signal may seem unnecessary in the cool, calm, reflective atmosphere of the Inns of Court, but it has a greater resonance at the coalface of our civil society."

"With respect, he may have overlooked the effect on an individual of the agonising, expensive, lengthy and psychologically depressing process of preparing the case—this against the background that, in the event, the court may not throw the case out."

 May we look forward to strong support from the media in ensuring the message of this legislation really does get out there!

Full discussion - Hansard


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