British Sign Language

The British Sign Language (BSL) National Plan 2017 to 2023 sets out ten long-term goals to help Scotland become the best place in the world for British Sign Language (BSL) users. We’re committed to working towards these goals.

The Scottish Government wants to make Scotland the best place in the world for British Sign Language (BSL) users to live, work and visit.

When we refer to BSL users, this means D/deaf and Deafblind people (those who receive the language in a tactile form due to sight loss) whose first or preferred language is BSL.

British Sign Language National Plan 2017 to 2023

The BSL National Plan 2017 to 2023 sets out ten long-term goals for BSL in Scotland. The plan describes 70 actions Scottish Ministers will take by 2020 to make progress towards these goals.

It was developed in partnership with BSL users and representation from all the public bodies from across Scotland.

The National Plan covers the Scottish Government and over 50 national public bodies that Scottish Ministers have responsibility for. Other public bodies, including local authorities, regional NHS boards, colleges and universities will publish their own BSL plans next year.

Visit the Scottish Government's BSL National Plan YouTube channel to view BSL translations of the BSL National Plan 2017 to 2023.