Notice from the Board regarding changes to SASLI

SASLI is going through big changes at the moment. Since we had our funding withdrawn in 2018, we have worked together to re-shape the organisation and are now in the process of separating out the registering and membership parts of what was the old SASLI.

Our members voted to maintain the Scottish register and to that end, we now have a separate registering body established.

We are looking to choose a new name for this body which will reflect our commitment to supporting communication professionals across the board who work with deaf people. This body will hold a register of interpreters and associated language professionals that the public can access to make sure the people that work with them are suitably qualified, insured and Disclosure checked.

Part of remaining on this register will also involve professionals giving a commitment of 30 hours per year to Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and we have a checking rate of 100% to make sure these commitments are fully met.

Our expectations of interpreters are described in our Principles of Professional Practice (PoPP). Not only must they hold all the checks and qualifications, they must also behave in courteous, ethical and professional manner. Any concerns or complaints about an interpreter or language professional registered with us will be fully investigated and responded to by independent members of the Board of Trustees. The Board reserves the right to remove registrants from the register if it is deemed within the public interest.

The purpose of the register is to offer information and practical assurance to everyone in the deaf and BSL communities that our interpreters are regulated, monitored, competent and supported.

We are hopeful that a new membership body will also be established in the very near future.

We are currently seeking to recruit new members to our Board of Trustees. We are looking for people with a broad range of skills and experience, although it does not have to be within the domain of interpreting. We would particularly welcome representatives of our service users, including the Deaf community.

This would involve a commitment to approximately four meetings per year plus regular e-mail/ Skype correspondence to keep everyone involved with news and developments. These posts are not remunerated but all reasonable out-of-pocket expenses will be met.

If you would like to discuss this further, please do not hesitate to contact SASLI direct or The Chair of the Board.