There is evidence to suggest that people are deterred from volunteering, helping others or intervening in an emergency due to the fear of risk and/or liability.

The Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Act 2015 (Sarah Act) addresses these concerns and providing reassurance that if something goes wrong when people are acting for the benefit of society or intervening to help someone in an emergency, the courts will take into account the context of their actions in the event they are sued. 

Read the full act here