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British Sign Language (BSL)

What is British Sign Language (BSL)?

British Sign Language (BSL) is the preferred language of deaf people in the UK for whom English may be a second or third language

BSL is a language in its own right, with its own grammar, syntax and vocabulary. It has its own dialects and rich variation.

BSL users refers to people whose first or preferred language is BSL, including those who receive the language in a tactile form due to sight loss.

Glasgow Context

BSL is the first or preferred language of some deaf people. It is also used by many people who are not deaf, for example, relatives and friends of deaf people and sign language interpreters.

There are currently approximately 1,717 active users of BSL in Glasgow City according to the last Census in 2011. The Centre for Sensory Impairment Partnership (CSIP) estimates it might be as high as 2,000 active users. There is also a significant support network who may not necessarily be captured in Census figures and service estimates.

What Are We Doing To Promote And Support The Language?

The British Sign Language (Scotland) Act 2015 and the British Sign Language National Plan 2017 - 2023 required public bodies in Scotland to publish local action plans by October 2018 and on a six yearly basis thereafter, showing how they will promote and support British Sign Language (BSL). This is the first BSL National Plan of its kind in the UK.

Glasgow Council Family has developed a plan around some key themes identified by the Scottish Government, Service Users, Services and Partners; outlining key areas for action over the next 6 years;

  • Across all Services

  • Family Support, Early Learning and Childcare

  • School Education

  • Training, Work and Social Security

  • Health (including social care), Mental Health and Wellbeing

  • Culture and the Arts

  • Justice

  • Democracy

The Scottish Government will also require that Glasgow publish an interim progress report in 2020 based on the local plan, which will help to refine some of the actions we will deliver by 2023.

Glasgow British Sign Language (BSL) Action Plan 

Video   Glasgow BSL Action Plan Video Links

Across All Our Services   Across All our Services

Family Support, Early Learning and Childcare   Family Support, Family Learning and Childcare

School Education   School Education

Training, Work and Social Security   Training, Work and Social Security

Health (Including Social Care), Mental Health and Wellbeing   Health (Including Social Care), Health and Wellbeing

Transport   Transport

Culture and the Arts   Culture and the Arts

Justice   Justice

Democracy   Democracy

 

pdf icon Glasgow British Sign Language (BSL) Action Plan (English) 2018-2024 [468kb]

pdf icon Scottish Government British Sign Language (BSL) National Plan (English) 2017-23 [848kb]

Contact Details  

Email  Glasgow City Council email: BSL@glasgow.gov.uk

Telephone  Glasgow City Council telephone number 0141 287 0411

Video Contact Scotland

Sign Language   Sign Language Interpreting Service

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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