Mrs Beth Tarleton
I'm a Senior Lecturer in the School for Policy Studies. I runs units on 'Introduction to Qualitative Research' and 'Disability and Society.' My research focuses on the support available to parents who have learning difficulties.
- Parents with learning difficulties
- Parents with learning disabilities
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Senior Research FellowSchool for Policy Studies
I joined the Norah Fry Centre for Disability studies over 20 years ago. Since then I worked on a wide range of projects related to the support available for adults with learning difficulties. Over the last 15 years, my main research focus has the support available to parents who have learning difficulties/disabilities and I have been co-ordinator of the Working Together with Parents network that provides free support to professionals working with parents with learning difficulties. I have a long-standing interest in easy information for people with learning difficulties and ensuring their appropriate inclusion in research.
Working Together with Parents Network – This is a free network for professionals working with parents with learning disabilities and their children. The network provides professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds with up-to-date information on policy and practice as well as access to support from a regional group and email discussions. There are 4 regional practitioner networks England and national networks in Wales and Scotland.
Getting things changed project - Beth leads Strand 4 on Successful practices in supporting parents with learning difficulties in this unique project. Getting Things Changed (Tackling Disabling Practices: Co-production and Change) is a three year research study funded by the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) in the UK. The project started in April 2015. http://www.bristol.ac.uk/sps/gettingthingschanged/
Evaluation of the Parent Pioneers/Mellow Futures projects.
Mellow Futures is a programme of ante antal and postnatal support for mothers with learning difficulties. The programme enables mothers with learning difficulties to attend Mellow Bumps (an antenatal programme) and Mellow Babies (post-natal parenting programme) while also being supported by a volunteer mentor. In England, this programme is also known as Parent Pioneers.
Beth was the sole evaluator of the Parent Pioneers Project in England which was piloted in two sites. With support form Raq Ibrahim, Mellow Parenting Evaluations Assistant, Beth evaluated the piloting of this programme in 4 sites in Scotland.
Evaluation of the Valuing Parent Support Service. This evaluation was of a specialist support services for parents wtih learning difficulties in Medway. The project was innovative and jointly funded by Adults and Children's services and was shown to be having a positive impact on the outcomes for the children in the families.
Methoidst Chaplaincy Development Project evaluation using the Mug of Tea Stories methodology.
The current stage of the project (August 2016 - July 2019) is focusing on 'Strategic change'. We are aiming to ensure that policy and practice respects parents and children's rights while supporting parents to fulfill their responsibilities to their children.
See wtpn.co.uk for more details.
This evaluation of two local voluntary chaplaincys and the Methodist Chaplaincy Development Project was undertaken with Sue Porter. It developed a narrative evaluation method called 'Mug of Tea stories' in which stories showing the impact of the Chaplaincy/CDP were told in the length of time it takes to drink a mug of tea. This methodology was shown to provide in-depth understanding of the significance of these projects and to be useful for the evaluation of a wide range of church projects.
Beth has a long-term interest in easy information for adults with learning difficulties. Prior to her current focus on research around positive support for parents with learning difficulties, Beth has undertaken work in a wide range of areas relating to service provision for adults with learning difficulties and disabled children. These include transition, supported housing, short breaks for disabled children.
DescriptionAs adults with learning disabilities are living more independently in community settings, more are choosing to start a family and have children, but because of their learning disability sometimes need…
01/09/2015 to 01/09/2016
DescriptionIt is based at Norah Fry Centre for Disability Studies at the University of Bristol, and led by Val Williams. Our work also involves key partners including Disability Rights UK…
01/04/2015 to 31/05/2018
DescriptionThe NFRC research centre is evaluating the Mencap Parent Pioneers Project. The Parent Pioneers project is piloting a model of preventative support for parents with learning difficulties which includes enabling…
01/04/2012 to 01/01/2017
DescriptionGuidance for the development of materials and activities to promote positive parenting and safeguarding by parents with learning disabilities
01/12/2008 to 31/12/2008
01/12/2007 to 01/06/2008
“It’s not that big of a problem...so we’re not going to do anything.” An inclusive grounded theory study exploring the help-seeking behaviours of adolescents in school for their emotional well-being.
"It is also about living as well [and] with all of that homework you don't get the chance to...find what you actually want to do with your life"
British Journal of Learning Disabilities
- E-pub ahead of print
Choice, Preference and Disability
- Chapter in a book
Mellow Futures – an adapted parenting programme for mothers with learning difficulties in England and Scotland. Professionals’ views on the outcomes
Health and Social Care in the Community
- E-pub ahead of print
Understanding ‘successful practice/s’ with parents with learning difficulties when there are concerns about child neglect
Child Indicators Research
Working with and supporting parents with learning disabilities
- Other report
I have in the past run the 'Inclusive Research' unit on the Masters in Disability Studies. I now run the MSc level 'Introduction to Qualitative Methods' unit and undergraduate unit 'Disability and Society'. All of these unit draw on my extensive experience of applied social research with disabled people.