Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland launches child farm safety poster competition

Date published: 30 May 2024

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) and the Farm Safety Partnership NI have launched their 2024 child safety poster competition.

Poster competition - 2024

Rural primary school pupils, and special educational needs schools students are encouraged to enter by illustrating a crucial farm safety message.

Ideally entries should relate to the four key dangers on farms namely Slurry, Animals, Falls, and Equipment, however, drawings of other dangers children may see on the farm are also welcome.

Twelve winners will be selected with each receiving a £50 ‘one-for-all’ voucher and have their entry considered for inclusion in a 2025 safety calendar.

Camilla Mackey Head of the HSENI Agri/food team said: “We are delighted to be able to launch our Child Safety on Farms poster competition this year again. The calibre of the artwork we receive year on year is absolutely fantastic. It is important that every poster depicts a critical farm safety message.

“Many children will become our future farmers and it is essential that we encourage them to think and work safely. Through play, colouring and producing farm safety posters, children can learn about farm safety in a fun and imaginative way.

“Children are important influencers, and by creating our Farm Safety Calendar from 12 winning entries we can get our farm safety messages into the heart of rural homes.

“We are confident that our safety messages will help farmers and their families to stop and think SAFE.”

As in previous years, HSENI extends enormous thanks for the support from rural primary schools for the competition. The poster competition remains an excellent way to raise awareness of the farm dangers children may face.

Competition terms and conditions can be found at the following link:

Further information on Key Stage 1 & 2 (including links to downloadable child farm safety colouring sheets) can be found on the HSENI website at:

Notes to editors: 

1. For more information on the Farm Safety Partnership please contact HSENI on 0800 0320 121 or visit the FSP webpage: https://www.hseni.gov.uk/articles/farm-safety-partnership 

2. The Farm Safety Partnership comprises the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI), the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU), NFU Mutual (NFUM), the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster (YFCU), the Farm Safety Foundation, Rural Support and the Northern Ireland Agricultural Producers Association (NIAPA). It is tasked with assisting Northern Ireland’s farming community to work safely and tackle the problem of work-related fatalities and injuries on farms.

3. The Farm Safety Partnership’s ongoing ‘Stop and Think SAFE’ farm safety campaign focuses on the four main causes of death and injury on our farms – slurry, animals, falls and equipment (SAFE).

4. For media enquiries please contact HSENI Press Office on 028 9024 3249 or email media@hseni.gov.uk. For out of office hours please contact the Duty Press Officer on 028 9037 8110.

5. HSENI is the lead body responsible for the promotion and enforcement of health and safety at work standards in Northern Ireland.

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