Whole Family Approaches in Policy and Practice
Harriet is particularly interested in the ways in which policy makers in Adults' services and Children's services seek to develop strategies and approaches which attempt to bridge 'the gap' which individuals and families can experience when seeking support.
Individual and Family Experiences of Disability
Much of Harriet's research is focused on lived experiences of disability and impairment (including mental distress) and on individual and family experiences of social care and health services.
Research Funding Awards
British Academy: ‘Autonomy, interdependence, and social security: an integrated study of disability benefit entitlement and family life’ (with F. Carmichael, PI) 2015-17.
Thomas Pocklington Trust, RNIB and Sense: ‘Experiences of Personal Independence Payments for People with Sensory Loss’ (with G. Douglas, PI) 2014-5.
NIHR School for Social Care Research: ‘Can family focused approaches contribute to the reablement of people with mental health problems’ (with J. Tew PI) 2011-2012.
Can Family Focused Approaches Contribute to the Reablement of People with Mental Health Problems? (NIHR School of Social Care Research, June 2011-September 2012) working with Jerry Tew (PI), IASS
Connected Health and Social Care Communities (Arts and Humanities Research Council, March-August 2011) working with Mervyn Conroy (PI), University of Cumbria and Lynne Wilson, INLOGOV, University of Birmingham
Supporting disabled parents and parents with additional needs: a family or fragmented approach| (PDF, opens in new window) (Commission for Social Care Inspection Special Study 2008) Lead consultant and external project manager, working with Nathan Hughes and Rosemary Littlechild, Department of Social Policy and Social Work.
Disability and Family Formation (Department for Work and Pensions / Office of Disability Issues, 2008) with Professor Stephen McKay, IASS
Disabled Parents, The Way Forward (ESRC Funded Seminar Series, 2006-2008)
Recent Research and Consultation
EU FP7 Framework: Understanding and Supporting Families with Complex Needs - International Research Exchange Programme, Marie Curie Actions, 2009-2013.
Community Care Inform: Disabled Parents and their Families, commissioned to develop web-based practitioner resource on research, practice guidance and legislation on disability and parenting, 2009.
Children in Need: Fun and Friendship for Disabled Children and Young People, research consultant and contributor, topic specialist on disability, 2008.
Cabinet Office: Whole Family Approaches Literature Review, expert contributor on family experiences of disability, 2007.
SPRU University of York: Review on Interventions to Support Parents who have Mental Health Problems (funded by SCIE), expert advisor on mental health and parenting in family context, 200