When you book a registered BSL sign language interpreter through us, we can help you get the right category of professional for your needs.
BSL involves a combination of hand shapes and movements, lip patterns, facial expressions and shoulder movements. It has its own grammar and is structured in a completely different way from English.
Who are BSL sign language interpreters?
BSL Sign language interpreters allow communication between deaf sign language users and hearing people. In Great Britain this is usually between British Sign Language (BSL) and English, but in Northern Ireland, Irish Sign Language (ISL) is also used.
Sign language interpreters are regulated by the National Registers of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People (NRCPD) or the Scottish Association of Sign Language Interpreters (SASLI) in Scotland. Registered interpreters must respect confidentiality and stay completely impartial.
Sign language interpreter categories:
There are two categories of sign language interpreter:
- Registered sign language interpreter (RSLI)
- Trainee sign language interpreter (TSLI)
By using either an RSLI/TSLI, you can be confident they:
- have met the required standards in training and competence according to their level
- follow the NRCPD or SASLI Code of Conduct
- are subject to a formal complaints process
- have an enhanced disclosure certificate
- are covered by professional indemnity insurance
TSLIs may have limited skills and experience and shouldn’t be used in certain situations, such as mental health. If you’re unsure which type of sign language interpreting support should be used, please contact us.