Beth McNamara is a qualified social worker (First Class Honours, University of Sydney) who lives and works on beautiful Gubbi Gubbi/Kabi Kabi country. She has worked in violence prevention for over 15 years, specifically in the areas of child sexual abuse and domestic and family violence. Her career started in the Western Sydney suburb of Mt Druitt where she worked for 7 years as a child sexual assault and domestic and family violence counsellor. A career highlight was working at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, from its inception in 2013 to its conclusion in 2017, as a counsellor and lead policy writer.
In her current role as National Education Manager for the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, Beth oversees a number of primary prevention projects which aim to enhance national approaches to child safety education. Through the Daniel Morcombe Foundation’s Walk Tall Therapy program, Beth also provides trauma-informed counselling to child victims of crime and their caregivers, one to two days a week. Working alongside children and their families and witnessing their resistance to violence, keeps Beth grounded in the work that matters most.