SAC Consulting, which is part of Scotland’s Rural College, has created health and safety information to make parents and children aware of the dangers on farms and crofts on behalf of the Farm Advisory Service.
The materials also include interactive videos to help children identify potential hazards around a farmyard and in a shed, identify animal emotions, and to understand the dangers relating to livestock and the rules to follow when encountering them.
In addition, there are colouring sheets for children and a list of frequently asked questions about farm safety for parents.
Janette Sutherland, agricultural consultant with SAC Consulting, said: “It is a real challenge to balance the need to keep children safe while allowing them to take part in activities on the croft or farm – activities which often encourage future generations of farmers and crofters.
“Research has shown that getting children involved in identifying risks and thinking about safety is effective. To that end, we have created health and safety information and interactive games, as well as three seasonal films on lambing, livestock sales and winter, which children can watch with their parents.”