The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland have launched a campaign to promote child safety on farm with the aim of eliminating incidents on farms that in the past have tragically resulted in children being killed. PArt of the campaign is a poster competition for primary school pupils.

Through their “Be Aware Kids - Child Safety on Farms” campaign they have seen a significant reduction in such incidents but they emphasise they can't be complacement and must all work together to promote this important message.

A spokesperson for the HSE said "Unfortunately this year due to the unprecedented circumstances we find ourselves in with COVID-19, our staff will not have the opportunity to visit rural primary schools in the run up to the summer holidays to deliver our farm safety messages. However, we still wish to promote our farm safety poster competition which we have been running successfully now for a number of years as we feel this is an excellent way of getting our important safety messages out to farming families. This year we need your help and support more than ever to run our competition."

Poster Competition

They are inviting primary school pupils (Foundation, Key Stage 1 & Key Stage 2) and pupils from special schools throughout Northern Ireland to enter their poster competition which will commence on 1st June 2020 and run for 12 weeks. To do so each child should draw or paint a picture and the design of this picture should be based on the key dangers on the farm from one of the four categories below.

The Categories

Dangers from slurry
Dangers from farm animals
Dangers from tractors & other farm machinery
Dangers from falls & falling objects

Each week they will invite entries from one of the above categories. The theme for each week will be announced every Monday on HSENI’s Facebook page and on their website. Competition terms and conditions can be found on the website at WWW.HSENI.GOV.UK Entries should be submitted portrait style on either A3 or A4 sized plain paper. To ensure entry to the competition is as simple as possible this year, they would ask that a photograph or scan of the completed picture is e-mailed to

A cover note on the e-mail should state the child’s name, primary school attended and contact telephone number for a parent/guardian or responsible adult.

They will select a winner each week for the 12 weeks of the competition and winners will be notified the following week.

Prizes for each of the 12 winners will be a £30 One4all gift card.

HSENI Principal Inspector Camilla Mackey said: “In previous years HSENI has produced a calendar made up of the winning entries to the competition, and the calendar has been distributed to over 42,000 rural homes throughout Northern Ireland. HSENI hopes, if possible, to produce a calendar for 2021 from the winning entries to this year’s competition.

“We look forward to receiving some wonderful artwork highlighting the very important child safety on farms messages and truly appreciate your help with the promotion of the competition.”

For more information on “child safety on farms” go to be-aware-kids or you can e-mail

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