Keeping children safe

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Newly revised guidance on keeping children safe on farms has been released by the HSE.

The guidance replaces a withdrawn Approved Code of Practice, but the NFU says there is no change to policy or the law.

The guidance provides advice on reducing the risk of injury to youngsters under 13 and older children below minimum school leaving age.

It also identifies tasks and operations that are too hazardous for children and young people to do and includes examples of real life incidents.

The updated information is timely, with many farms gearing up for harvest when children who are old enough frequently help out.