Julian Brazier MP Nominated for Promoting Outdoor Adventure
London, UK – March 5, 2015 – Canterbury and Whitstable MP Julian Brazier has been shortlisted from over 100 candidates this year for the 3rd Annual Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award. The award recognises outstanding politicians and diplomats who are representing civilian interests at the highest level in areas of policy, social and business overall. Mr Brazier is nominated for his ongoing work to promote outdoor adventure.
Mr Brazier has fought hard for young people to have opportunities to learn about risk management, self-discipline and teamwork through outdoor activities unfortunately deemed too hazardous by society.
Adventure training by its very nature cannot be made entirely risk-free but given the compensation culture experienced by the UK, volunteer organisations and sporting communities are facing high numbers of negligence claims. On average the local Scouts Association receive 50 to 60 negligence claims a year of which around six go to court, losing on average a quarter of the court cases. This sets the volunteering group back by roughly £15,000 per case.
Today 40% of all young people aged between 13 and 18 are members of a sport club or youth organisations, with the Scouts and Guides making up one fifth of the total. Nevertheless, 80,000 young people are on waiting lists for the Scouts and Guides owing to a shortage of volunteers. The threat of being sued and dragged through civil courts is now the greatest barrier to volunteering in the sports and adventure training world. Health and Safety legislation is often used as an excuse to cover inactivity by schools and organisations, and the fear of criminal prosecution and civil litigation have affected teachers and damaged field studies.
As a long supporter of youth adventure groups, Mr Brazier stresses that society must establish the principle that accidents can happen without it being somebody’s fault, and re-establish the principle of personal responsibility. Denying children opportunities for risk, whether in play or in organised sports, vary in scale from obesity to risk taking via anti-social acts. All too often, teenage gangs provide the only opportunities for excitement, risk-taking and comradeship for young people who cannot afford to pay for the activities. The effect of this is seen in growing international reputation for unruly behaviour and in the worst of cases, shootings and knife crimes which have become increasingly common in large cities.
Mr Brazier has been active in promoting legislation in this field. Through the Compensation Act, the MP is looking to exercise the culture compensation in the UK to model legislations similar to both Australia and the United States. The objective of re-examining legislations is to help change social and legal attitudes toward the assumption of risk liability and unreasonable and frivolous negligence litigation.
Talyn Rahman-Figueroa, Executive Director of Grassroot Diplomat, said: “All too often, we hear stories of our governments not representing our needs but Grassroot Diplomat looks upon selfless individuals who work tirelessly for their communities. The award seeks to create a culture of positive role models within our governments which encourages others in power to follow suit.”
Join Julian Brazier MP and other government nominees for the gala dinner at The May Fair Hotel, London on Thursday 5th March 2015. For ticket information please visit: http://www.grassrootdiplomat.org/book-tickets or call 07511 816689.
Further details about the awards can be found on: www.grassrootdiplomat.org/annual-awards
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