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The Scottish Council on Deafness’ Autumn Training Programme

The Scottish Council on Deafness (SCoD) has published its Autumn Training Programme. The first two courses have gone “live” and are open for bookings.

These are

Human Rights, your business and your customers

Date: Tuesday 12th September 12.00 noon to 4.00 pm

Venue: The Albany Learning and Conference Centre

For more information and to book a place, click here

Inclusive Communication and Accessible Information

Date: Monday 18th September  12.00 noon to 4.00 pm

Venue: National Deaf Children’s Society, Empire House, 131 West Nile Street, Glasgow G1 2RX

For more information and to book a place, click here.


For more information on the programme, go to www.scod.org.uk/scod-training/.


12/01/2017 Public Bodies List

The BSL National Advisory Group is in the process of drafting the first BSL National Plan. The consultation on this should start in early Spring and run for about three months. The BSL National Plan needs to be published by 22nd October 2017.

The consultation will be open to everyone with an interest – all public bodies, people whose first or preferred language is BSL, organisations that support and/or work with deaf people (the Deaf Sector), equality organisations and the general public.

There are 41 public bodies as well as the Scottish Government are covered by the BSL National Plan. These are bodies with a national focus that are directly accountable to Scottish Ministers. Below is the list of those covered.

The Scottish Government, including eight Executive Agencies:

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

Accountant in Bankruptcy

Disclosure Scotland

Education Scotland 

Historic Scotland 

The Scottish Prison Service

The Scottish Public Pensions Agency 

The Student Awards Agency for Scotland

Transport Scotland

Non Departmental Public Bodies:

Architecture and Design Scotland

Care Inspectorate

Cairngorms National Park Authority

Children’s Hearings Scotland

Creative Scotland

Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority

National Galleries of Scotland

National Library of Scotland

National Museums of Scotland

The Parole Board for Scotland

The Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh

Historic Environment Scotland

The Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration

The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission 

Scottish Enterprise

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency

The Scottish Funding Council 

The Scottish Futures Trust

The Scottish Legal Aid Board

The Scottish Legal Complaints Commission

Scottish Natural Heritage

The Scottish Qualifications Authority

 The Scottish Social Services Council 

Skills Development Scotland



NHS Special Boards with a national remit:

NHS National Services Scotland 

Scottish Ambulance Service Board 

NHS 24 

National Waiting Times Centre Board

State Hospital’s Board for Scotland 

NHS Education for Scotland

 NHS Health Scotland

 Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Other public bodies;

The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland 

Scottish Canals

Scottish Water

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

The Scottish Police

Food Standards Scotland

Revenue Scotland

Keeper of the Registers of Scotland

National Records of Scotland


Wednesday 7th December 2016: The Scottish Government’s Disability Delivery Plan 

The Scottish Government has  published its Delivery Plan to 2021 for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. To read the plan, go to http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/12/3778/downloads. The Plan is available in Easy Read and in BSL.

The BSL Summary is available here: https://vimeopro.com/deafaction/a-fairer-scotland-for-disabled-people

23/06/16: The Scottish Legal Aid Board’s invitation to people with a hearing loss to take part in research about access to civil legal services

The Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB – http://www.slab.org.uk/index.html)working) with the Scottish Council on Deafness (www.scod.org.uk), the British Deaf Association (http://www.bda.org.uk/ ), the EHRC (https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/commission-scotland)  and the Deaf Sector Partnership (http://deafsectorpartnership.net/) is working on a piece of research exploring access to civil legal services for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deafened and Deafblind people.

The findings from this research will be used to help improve access to civil legal services for people with hearing loss. We would like your help in publicising this research to deaf people who may have used these services.

People can take part in one of two ways:

Deaf BSL users can use contactSCOTLAND to take part in a telephone survey. This is currently being developed and will go live shortly.

There is an information sheet, which gives more background as to who SLAB are, what will be done with the information, and what is involved in taking part in the research.

If you can’t find all the answers in there then please contact the researchers – Jo Garrett at GarrettJo@slab.org.uk or Kieran Forbes at ForbesKi@slab.org.uk – for more information on this research.

Please do publicise the research as widely as possible to your members, service users and contacts. The more people who take part, the more impact the findings of the research can have.

It is also helpful if SLAB know how many people you publicise this to. If you could let the SLAB researchers know when you make something available that would be much appreciated.

More information will follow on how Deaf BSL users can take part in BSL.


28/06/2016: NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde – Job Opportunity


Health Promotion Practitioner (Mental Health / Deaf Community)

Where:  North West Sector/Glasgow City CHP

Contract: Fixed Term, 9 months

Closing Date: 8th July 2016

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde are committed to addressing the health inequalities faced by Deaf people. The Corporate Inequalities Team and Mental Health services are committed to address the mental health needs of Deaf people. The successful candidate will work within the Community Health and (Care) Partnerships and be line-managed by the Health Improvement Team with support from the Corporate Inequalities Team. You will be responsible for engaging with communities with sensory impairments to test accessibility of NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Mental Health Services across all patient pathways from prevention to tertiary care specifically focussing on the need of those Deaf people whose first language is not English. It is essential you are educated to Degree Level or equivalent and desirable you have a postgraduate Diploma in health related discipline. You should also have significant experience working in a relevant, specific topic, setting, and skill based health improvement arena.

For more information, go to https://jobs.scot.nhs.uk/_Details.aspx?vacNo=435256



18/12/2015: Letter from the Minister to all Public Bodies

For further information please see the letter and leaflet below.


For the full list of public bodies, see appendix 1 of the letter below.


Letter for Public Bodies

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BSL (Scotland) Act 2015 – Letter from Dr Allan to Public Bodies – 18 December 2015

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BSL (Scotland) Act 2015 – Letter from Dr Allan to Public Bodies – 18 December 2015




BSL (Scotland) Bill Public Authority Survey – Full Report

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BSL (Scotland) Bill Public Authority Survey – Summary

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Deaf Sector Partnership Leaflet Updated April 2016

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DSP Leaflet


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DSP Leaflet – Introduction to the Deaf Sector Partnership (DSP) (Page 1)


DSP Leaflet – Deaf Sector Partnership (DSP) – Who We Are? (Page 2)


DSP Leaflet – About the Deaf Sector Partnership (DSP) Partners (Pages 3-6)


DSP Leaflet – British Sign Language (BSL) (Scotland) Act 2015 (Page 6)


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