Why Use Bridge Interpreters?

The Race Relations Act 1976 as amended by the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 makes it a legal obligation for public bodies to eliminate unlawful racial discrimination. A requirement to speak English in order to access services could be construed as being racially discriminatory. Furthermore, the Race Relations Act requires that services should be delivered in a non-discriminatory way.

Failing to use an appropriate qualified interpreter with cultural sensitivity and instead relying on family members, friends or individuals socially connected to the client compromises the client in access to and delivery of services , quality and confidentiality. All our interpreters are qualified, vetted and are bound by a Code of Ethics. They understand and practice impartiality, confidentiality and accuracy when interpreting and their conduct abides to the National Occupational Standards of Interpreting in the UK.

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