Professional BSL Interpreting
Prestige Network has an extensive pool of qualified BSL interpreters available across the UK.
They are highly skilled in their profession and well-practised at working in stressful or sensitive situations, and are experienced in dealing with a variety of special needs requirements.
Our BSL interpreters can also carry out consecutive or simultaneous interpreting.
About British Sign Language
Sign language is a visual language that uses hand shapes, facial expression, gestures and body language.
Other sign language systems, such as Signed English or Sign Supported English (SSE), use signs from BSL but follow the word order of spoken English.
BSL is the first or preferred language of an estimated 70,000 Deaf people in the UK. BSL is a visual-gestural language, with its own grammar and principles, which are completely different from the grammatical structure of English.
New BSL Contract with the MOD in 2019
As part of their ongoing commitments to provide reasonable adjustments for their employees Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) - part of the Ministry of Defence - has awarded Prestige Network a unique contract to supply British Sign Language (BSL) and hearing assisted services for at least two years commencing March 2019.
The pan-government contract covers communication support for DE&S employees who are deaf or deafblind including interpreting, translation and scribing services. The services will help DE&S employees in meetings and events BSL, with specific provisions including finger spelling and note-taking at events and assistance in exams.
“I really appreciate the fact that you have responded positively and efficiently to my extremely late request for a BSL interpreter. Within 75 minutes you found an interpreter to attend my meeting at 13:00 today.”
British Sign Language Guide
In order to help our BSL interpreting clients - and any else who might have a requirement - we've assembled a guide to:
- Current use of BSL in the UK
- Requirements to provide BSL interpreting
- Availability of BSL interpreters
- How to get the most out of your interpreting provider
‘Is BSL different from other sign languages?'
Yes. There are several types of sign language being use across the world. British Sign Language (BSL) was recognised by the government as a language in its own right in March 2003. In Britain the term sign language usually refers to British Sign Language (BSL). BSL is a complete language with a unique vocabulary, construction and grammar.