Research and practice about spoken language interpreting

Published on 7 May 2020

The new addition to our Insights series explores policy, research and practice issues about spoken language interpreting in social work, focusing on people who speak limited English.

There is a host of literature and specialist legislation that focuses on sensory impairment (visual, hearing impairment, or a combination of the two and those who have lost their voice or have difficulty speaking). This review specifically focuses on spoken language interpreters. Written by Sian Lucas (University of Stirling), it covers a number of themes:

  • Why are interpreters needed in social work?
  • Forms of interpreting provision
  • Legislative and policy context
  • Research and practice issues about interpreters in public services
  • Implications for the social services workforce

Sorana Goga, an interpreter at Govanhill Housing Association who supports Roma people tell us about the challenges posed by COVID-19 for the Roma community and the work she’s doing to support it.