Here you will find our policies – you can download each policy from within the relevant section (click on the ‘+’)
All Registered and Trainee Sign Language Interpreters who are Members of SASLI will be expected to follow the Code of Conduct and Practice and be familiar with the Complaints Policy and Procedure.
CONFIDENTIALITY Interpreters shall be bound by the strictest confidentiality, which must be observed, with regard to information gathered in the course of interpreting.
Interpreters will not disclose to any third party or make use of any information other than the purpose for which it was provided, unless legally required to do so.
Interpreters shall not derive any personal gain from confidential information acquired by them in the exercise of their duties as interpreters.
INTERPRETING SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE Interpreters shall interpret to the best of their ability between parties.
Interpreters shall not accept work, which they know to be beyond their linguistic and/or technical ability to provide a service of acceptable standard. In circumstances where a more suitable interpreter is not available, an interpreter may accept such an assignment providing that both the user and contractor are informed of the implications and give their consent.
Interpreters shall always seek to increase their interpreting skills and knowledge.
IMPARTIALITY Interpreters shall be impartial. Any business or vested interests or personal relationships, which the interpreter may have in an assignment, must be disclosed beforehand to both user and contractor.
Interpreters should not offer opinions during or in relation to an interpreting assignment.
PROFESSIONALISM Interpreters shall maintain the creditability and dignity of the Association by acting at all times in a professional manner.
Interpreters should act in a manner consistent with persons having mutual trust and confidence in each other. It is in the interest of the Association and those whom it serves that there be a corporate professional spirit based on co-operation.
Interpreters may advertise their services providing the information is factual and is not misleading nor brings discredit to the profession.
The interpreter without good reason should not cancel an assignment, once accepted.
SASLI aims to provide a high quality service to all who contact or are involved with the organisation including: SASLI Staff, users of Sign Language Interpreting services provided by SASLI members and SASLI members.
Well organised and efficient complaints procedures help us to improve services to the Deaf Community and serve to enhance quality and standards amongst our Sign Language Interpreter/Agency members. SASLI will endeavour to investigate all complaints in accordance with this policy and within the indicative timescales laid out in our policies.
SASLI is managed by volunteer charity trustees and in some instances longer periods may be required to investigate complaints. In the event that a longer timescale or alternative course of procedure is to be followed, SASLI will make parties aware of the reasons for this and the timescales / details of the timescale to be followed.
SASLI seeks to ensure that all of its stakeholders are aware of how they can raise complaints in relation to SASLI’s operations. Accordingly, where individuals or organisations have a complaint against SASLI or its staff or charity trustees, such complaints shall be dealt with in accordance with the details that follow:
1.1 Complaints by SASLI Staff:
All staff are provided with a copy of the internal SASLI grievance procedure under which they may raise any matters arising in relating to their employment with SASLI.
1.2 Complaints by users of Sign-Language Interpreting services:
Where persons or organisations other than SASLI staff or SASLI members wish to complain about the actions or decisions of SASLI or its staff, the SASLI Complaints Procedure (attached) should be followed.
1.3 Complaints by SASLI Members:
SASLI is a charitable company limited by guarantee and members have certain rights in relation to how SASLI operates. A number of these rights are contained within, and are properly dealt with in terms of SASLI’s Articles of Association.
Separately, SASLI members are entitled to appeal decisions taken by SASLI relating to matters of accreditation, registration or adherence by a member to the SASLI Code of Conduct and Practice. (Such matters shall be dealt with by the SASLI Membership Sub-Committee).
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SASLI does not have any remit to investigate complaints against individual sign language interpreters or Agencies that are not SASLI members. If the complaint concerns a non- SASLI member or Registered Agency, contact should be made with the accreditation body to which that interpreter/Agency is registered.
Where an interpreter/Agency is a member of SASLI or a SASLI Registered Agency and subject to SASLI requirements relating to registration and maintenance of standards, it is not the case that SASLI can, or will, automatically get involved with all complaints that are directed at that interpreter/Registered Agency. SASLI will only become involved where a complaint concerns the failure of a member interpreter/Registered Agency to meet a specific SASLI standard or requirement.
2.1 Complaints by users of Sign Language Interpreting services
Where issues arise concerning interpreting services provided by member interpreters, most may be resolved by direct contact with the interpreter. If issues cannot be resolved in this way and the interpreter was booked through an Agency, the issue should be raised with the Agency. SASLI requires its member/Registered Agencies, as part of SASLI registration processes, to have in place and operate complaints policies.
Relevant to the above, users of Sign Language Interpreting services, may wish to note the Code of Conduct and Practice applicable to all SASLI member interpreters/Registered Agencies.
Where users of interpreting services are unable to achieve resolution of issues arising with an interpreter in terms of the above and, if an issue involves a SASLI registered member interpreter or Agency failing to meet specified SASLI standards or requirements, the matter can be referred to SASLI by way of a formal complaint in terms of the SASLI Complaints Procedure (see below).
Separate to the above, SASLI is, of course, at all times available to assist members of the deaf community and users of sign language interpreting services, including providing general advice in relation to all matters relating to access and use of interpreters [including how to resolve issues that have arisen when using a particular interpreter or Agency.]
2.2 Complaints by one SASLI member against another
Where a complaint arises between SASLI members, SASLI will only become involved if a complaint relates to a member’s failure to meet specified SASLI standards or requirements. If a complaint between members involves such a matter, the matter can be referred to SASLI by way of a formal complaint in terms of the SASLI Complaints Procedure.
Complaints should be submitted in writing; by email or by means of video letters.
SASLI exists to improve and enhance the standards of interpreting services in Scotland, particularly for the benefit of the deaf community. Please contact a member of the SASLI team should you require any further information in relation to SASLI Complaints Policy & Procedure and/or how to submit a complaint.
The following are covered by this procedure.
1. Complaints against SASLI, including complaints relating to:
SASLI staff; or
The Board of Trustees or a particular Trustee
2. Complaints against SASLI members (including interpreter member and Registered Agencies). Please note that SASLI can only investigate complaints against interpreters/Agencies that are members of SASLI and SASLI will, under this procedure, only investigate complaints that concern the failure of a member interpreter/Agency to meet standards or requirements specified by SASLI.
Complaints should be submitted, in the first instance, to:
Complaints Committee, SASLI,
Suite 196, Central Chambers, 93 Hope Street,
Glasgow G2 6LD
Or submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
• In the case of a Complaint against an interpreter/Agency member of SASLI, SASLI will check whether steps have been taken to resolve matters direct with the interpreter/Agency.
• In the case of a complaint against an interpreter/Agency member of SASLI, SASLI will check that the complaint concerns failure to meet a specified SASLI standard or requirement.
• An acknowledgement will be sent to the Complainant, indicating the identity of the person that SASLI proposes investigates the Complaint and the names of the individuals on the SASLI Complaints Committee that it is proposed will decide matters relating to the Complaint.
• The person complained of shall be informed:
(i) that a complaint has been raised:
(ii) of outline details of the matters complained of and the identity of the Complainant (Note: Complainants should be aware that SASLI will, in most circumstances, require to disclose the Complainant’s identity to the person complained of );
(iii) of the identity of the person that SASLI proposes investigates the complaint; and
(iv) of the names of the individuals on the SASLI Complaints Committee that it is proposed will decide matters relating to the complaint.
• Provided that they respond within 5 working days of receiving notification, giving reasons as to why the person scheduled to investigate the Complaint or any other member of the SASLI Complaints Committee would not be neutral, the person complained of or the Complainant may request that SASLI Board make alternative arrangements for dealing with the complaint.
• SASLI may suggest alternative individuals to be involved in investigating/deciding on the complaint.
• If it proves impossible to agree on neutral persons on the SASLI Complaints Committee or SASLI Board to investigate and then decide on the complaint, the SASLI Board may appoint an external party to investigate matters.
Indicative Timescale: 1 – 3 weeks
• Investigation will include:
• Communicating with the Complainant, where possible by way of face–to–face meeting(s);
• Communicating with any relevant individual(s) complained of, where possible by way of a face-to-face meeting;
• The complaint investigator will produce a report summarising findings in relation to the matters complained of and their recommendations as to any proposed actions (the Report).
Indicative Timescale: 6 weeks from acknowledgement of receipt
• Where necessary, prior to the above, the Complaints Committee, or such other body or person put in place pursuant to Stage 1, may request further investigation in particular areas, or discuss and make amendments to the Report, prior to reaching its decision.
Indicative Timescale: 3 weeks of the Report being produced
• The Complainant will also be provided with a summary of any action that SASLI proposes to take.
Indicative Timescale: within Timescale for Section 3
Indicative Timescale: Within 9 weeks of the Chair being notified of the exercise of a right to appeal (assuming matters decided by Board).
Contact SASLI if you require further information.