Our Director, Simon Smith, was privileged to be invited to speak at the Children in Legal Language Settings Conference
This fantastic conference was well attended by interpreters from across the world. Despite it being online, the enthusiasm and interest from all concerned was a pleasure to see, as was the unwavering dedication to CPD that interpreters continue to show.
The conference explored the challenges, experiences and promising practices in relation to interpreter mediated encounters with children and Simon was asked to address a number of topics, this was due to his experience of working for 24 years with interpreters investigating offences at the highest end of criminality, but also his and Zakons' experiences in educating Police and Court interpreters over the last five years.
Simon was asked to cover the differences in approaches with child and adult witnesses, challenges faced during Interpreter Mediated Questioning of Minors (IMQM), dealing with emotions (officer, interpreter and child), selection of appropriate interpreters, whether the interpreter is a team member or outsider and finally what to do if an interpreter "isn't up to the job".
All of these questioned were addressed and Simon was able to point to and share resources, law and policy to help and support interpreters with their role. This fantastic conference ends at 3.15pm 20th October following a packed two day programme.
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Zakon run a number of Interpreter workshops which can be viewed here
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