Child Language Brokering in School Project and its Implications for Healthcare Settings

The Institute of Health and Wellbeing present:

Child Language Brokering in School Project and its Implications for Healthcare Settings

Wednesday 10th September 2014, 1-2pm, Sunley Conference Centre

Institute of Health and Wellbeing logoIncreasing numbers of children and young people contribute to family life by acting as child language brokers (CLBs) for their parents. Child language brokers (CLBs) are children and young people from migrant families who have learnt the local language and mediate between family members and other peers. Evidence shows that the two main settings in which children interpret for their parents is school and health/medical settings (Orellana et al. 2003). Professionals, like teachers and healthcare staff, have an ambivalent attitude towards using children as language brokers because access to professional interpreting facilities is limited and using children in an emergency situation is often the only option available (Cohen et al. 1999). On the other hand, healthcare settings can be particularly sensitive contexts in which to broker (Angelelli, 2014). In this seminar Dr Evangelia Prokopiou, Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Northampton will describe a study with CLBs in school settings (Cline T., Crafter , S. and Prokopiou, E., 2014) and the subsequent development of a ‘good practice guidance’ as a basis for extending this work into healthcare settings. In this seminar Evangelia, will provide detail of the school study, where data were collected from teachers, and young adults who acted as language brokers in school as children using a survey and in-depth interviews.

A sandwich lunch will be provided.

For further information and to book register here or email You can also download the seminar flyer.





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