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Interpreting and Translation Service

Cumbria County Council Children's Services is committed to making sure that all members of the public can access our services. Therefore it may be necessary from time to time to use an interpretation service or to translate documents into other languages or formats.

Child Protection

Recommendation 18 of the Victoria Climbé inquiry by Lord Laming emphasised the importance of using professional qualified interpreters.

"When communication with a child is necessary for the purposes of safeguarding and promoting that child's welfare, and the first language of that child is not English, an interpreter must be used.  In cases where the use of an interpreter is dispensed with, the reasons for so doing must be recorded in the child's notes/case file. (Paragraph 6.251, Victoria Climbé Inquiry 2003)"

Ron Lock (2013) summing up the Serious Case Review into the death of Daniel Pelka suggested it was good practise for social workers to speak to children alone in order to have their wishes and feelings expressed.