The Scottish Register of Language Professionals with the Deaf Community (SRLPDC or “The Scottish Register” for short) was formally established in May 2020.
Prior to that, we were part of the Scottish Association of Sign Language Interpreters (SASLI). This was a dual function organisation, holding both registration and membership roles. However, as part of the Scottish Government’s development in relation to the BSL (Scotland) 2015 Act, we opted to become a registering –only body serving the whole of Scotland.
Our key function is to register and regulate language professionals who work with the Deaf community in Scotland. We have a Registrar who administers and oversees our register, and a Board of Trustees that oversees the running of the organisation as a whole.
We are pleased to be members of deafscotland and we seek to work positively with similar professional bodies across the UK.
Whilst registration of such professionals is not mandatory by law in the UK, nevertheless, we hold the strong view that such registration and regulation is fundamental to best practice. It is our view that this is a key way of making sure that the Deaf and BSL communities, our stakeholders, and the wider public are supported and protected. We are entirely self-funded by registrants’ fees.
SRLPDC is run on a daily basis by the Registrar, who holds responsibility for maintaining the register and co-ordinating all correspondence. All registrants’ CPD submissions are confirmed by an independent CPD checker.
The Registrar’s work is overseen by the Board of Trustees. As per our Articles of Association, the Board can be comprised of a minimum of two members and a maximum of eleven. From them, a maximum of two of the members can be registered Language Professionals so as to mitigate potential conflicts of interest.
The membership of the Board currently stands at three – we welcome enquiries and applications from anyone with relevant knowledge and experience who may be interested in supporting our work.
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