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f. Confidentiality Issues for Freelance Interpreters and Translators 28th June (Half Day)

Free!

Confidentiality has always been a legal minefield for freelancers working with corporate and non – corporate clients.

This interactive workshop will explore to whom exactly do we owe a duty of confidentiality? To the client, certainly, but what about the client’s client and also former clients? We will also look at how long the duty lasts – just for the duration of the assignment or for 6 years or even possibly for ever if we have signed the Official Secrets Act (similar legislation applies in other European countries).

The workshop will also be concerned with where the duty of confidentiality applies – what about our home office and other places where many of us work such as trains and coffee shops and so on?

Are there any exceptions to the duty such as where there are safeguarding issues (abuse of children and/ or the elderly)? What about interpreters who are traumatised by clients’ stories who need and want to talk to someone about how they feel?

If we do breach the duty of confidentiality, who can impose sanctions on us (our professional organisations, the client and the court) and just how effective are they? In the workshop we will also discuss the sort of Non Disclosure Agreements (NDA’s) which our clients frequently ask us to sign. Should we be signing these NDA’s – particularly if they require us to destroy confidential material acquired during an assignment? If we agree to instructions like these, then surely we have no “back –up” in the event of any subsequent complaints from the client? Are NDA’s really worth the paper they are written on – is wholesale destruction of the confidential information held on our PC’s actually possible? IT gurus say that only if we take a hammer to our PC’s and smash them to smithereens can we ever achieve this!

This workshop will consider the provisions as to confidentiality in the Codes of Conduct of two of our largest UK professional organisations namely ITI and CIOL. Attendees are invited to bring their own experiences (good and bad!) to share with colleagues – as long as they don’t breach confidentiality!

The next Confidentiality workshop will be held in Critical Link 8 Conference, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Campus on Thursday 28 June 2016, 13:30 – 16:30.

The workshop is priced at: £25 for CL8 registered delegates & students (proof must be provided before the day), £45 for external participants (no CL8 registration).

YOU CAN RESERVE YOUR PLACE ON THE WORKSHOP TODAY. Simply click the ‘Get Started Now’ button below and complete the checkout process to reserve your place. You will then receive details to make payment directly to Heriot-Watt before attending the course.

 

 

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Course Description

To book your place on the workshop, you need only to pay the entry price. The cost will cover the attendance on the day, refreshments and basic course materials.

Who is the facilitator?

The workshop is facilitated by Sue Leschen.

Sue (Solicitor – non practising, LLB, BA, DPSI) is the Director of Avocate, a niche market legal and commercial French interpreting and translation company based in Manchester, UK. She is herself a hands-on interpreter and translator. Sue has a special interest in professional conduct and talks and writes widely both in the UK and elsewhere in Europe on this subject. Sue is also an independent trainer of language professionals focusing on legal terminology, professional conduct, topics of professional interest such as negotiating terms and conditions. Avocate provides general business support and advice to freelancers. Sue is a member of the Professional Conduct Committees of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI), the National Register of Public Service Interpreters (NRPSI) and also that of the Regulatory Body for Sign Language Interpreters and Translators (RBSLI). Sue also sits on CIOL’s Council and is an active member of the Association of Police and Court Interpreters (APCI).

What jobs is this workshop suitable for?

  • Freelance interpreters
  • Freelance translators

Where is the workshop venue?

The course will be delivered at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Campus.

When can I start?

Reserve your place by clicking the ‘Get Started Now’ button.

How long does it take?

The workshop lasts for 3 hours..

Are there any requirements?

There are no specific requirements to join the workshop, but please note the delivery will be in English.

What will I learn?

This interactive workshop will explore to whom exactly do we owe a duty of confidentiality? To the client, certainly, but what about the client’s client and also former clients? We will also look at how long the duty lasts – just for the duration of the assignment or for 6 years or even possibly for ever if we have signed the Official Secrets Act (similar legislation applies in other European countries).

The workshop will also be concerned with where the duty of confidentiality applies – what about our home office and other places where many of us work such as trains and coffee shops and so on?

Are there any exceptions to the duty such as where there are safeguarding issues (abuse of children and/ or the elderly)? What about interpreters who are traumatised by clients’ stories who need and want to talk to someone about how they feel?

If we do breach the duty of confidentiality, who can impose sanctions on us (our professional organisations, the client and the court) and just how effective are they? In the workshop we will also discuss the sort of Non Disclosure Agreements (NDA’s) which our clients frequently ask us to sign. Should we be signing these NDA’s – particularly if they require us to destroy confidential material acquired during an assignment? If we agree to instructions like these, then surely we have no “back –up” in the event of any subsequent complaints from the client? Are NDA’s really worth the paper they are written on – is wholesale destruction of the confidential information held on our PC’s actually possible? IT gurus say that only if we take a hammer to our PC’s and smash them to smithereens can we ever achieve this!

This workshop will consider the provisions as to confidentiality in the Codes of Conduct of two of our largest UK professional organisations namely ITI and CIOL. Attendees are invited to bring their own experiences (good and bad!) to share with colleagues – as long as they don’t breach confidentiality!

What support will I have?

  • Participants advice and opinions
  • Career Guidance
  • High quality course materials
  • Guidance and support from your assigned, qualified facilitator

How will you assess me?

You will be assessed through your participation in the workshop.

Can I apply for funding or discounts?

For information on funding and discounts, please click here.

Is the workshop tax deductible?

If you’re self-employed and if purpose of the training is to up-date your existing skills and expertise, you may be able to claim for tax deductions.  For example – if you are already an interpreter and you are attending this workshop to increase your existing skills.

For more information, follow this link: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/manuals/bimmanual/bim42526.htm

How do I apply?

You can get started with your qualification today by clicking the ‘Get Started Now’ button on this page.

  • Workshop Fee: £25 for CL8 registered delegates & students (proof must be provided before the day), £45 for external participants (no CL8 registration)
  • Facilitator-led classroom workshop
  • 1/2 day workshop