Published on 1 May 2014
A University of the Sunshine Coast graduate with a long-held passion for working with children and families has begun a new career as a social worker with the Brisbane Domestic Violence Service.
Stacey Fletcher, 29, of Redcliffe, who recently graduated from USC with a Bachelor of Social Work, has been a support and advocacy worker with the service since last November. She moved to Brisbane when she took on the new role.
“At this point in my career I feel I have found my niche working with and supporting women and children experiencing domestic and family violence,” she said.
Stacey said her USC studies had helped to provide her with both the practical and theoretical tools necessary for the challenging role of social worker.
“Working with women and children who are escaping violence requires a sound knowledge in trauma-informed practice, feminist discourses, community development approaches, as well as a commitment to social justice,” she said.
After finishing high school in Grafton in 2002, Stacey qualified as an early childhood teacher and went on to teach in both NSW and Queensland.
“It was during these years I developed a passion for working with children and families,” Stacey said.
“I believe that being a part of people's lives in all their diversities is a privilege and that set the foundations for the amazing career I have as a social worker today.”
Stacey said USC had provided a very supportive study environment that had helped her achieve her career goal.
— David Cameron