Working children should be actively supervised while performing farm work. You should first determine if the task is a good match for your child’s abilities and maturity level, and then use these categories to select the level of supervision needed.
Levels of supervision include:
“Just because they can doesn’t mean they should”
Children growing up on farms are often eager to start helping out at an early age. Whilst parents will often allocate tasks, or ‘chores’, children may at times be overly enthusiastic in their desire to help because they might perceive the tasks to be fun or exciting. Little kids like to play on tractors, or to go for a ride with mum or dad, and when they grow older they no longer want to just play, they want to drive the tractor on their own.
Enthusiasm, or willingness, to help should not be a determining factor in whether they should be permitted to undertake a task on the farm.
Just because they can drive a tractor does not mean that they should.
Why children are at a higher risk
A child’s age and development characteristics can increase their risk of injury. When there are working children on farms, it’s important to remember that they:
You should consider a child’s age, physical development and maturity when deciding what is appropriate work. You should also think about the workplace environment and where working children are undertaking work.
What to remember when working with children on the farm
When working with and supervising working children, it’s important to remember they:
Keeping working children safe on family farms
Working children must always be provided with adequate supervision by a parent or guardian.
For parents whose children are working on farms, it’s important to encourage children to be responsible and cautious. Some ways to do this include: