Youth Referral and Independent Person Program
Last Updated in 2016
Field of Law
Stage of Career
Description of Organisation or department within organisation
The Youth Referral and Independent Person Program (YRIPP) is a State Government funded initiative of the Centre for Multicultural Youth and the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria, delivered in partnership with Community Legal Centres, UnitingCare and Victoria Police.
YRIPP delivers a high quality system of adult volunteers called "Independent Persons" who attend police interviews with young people in police custody. YRIPP also aims to divert young people, including refugee and newly arrived young people, from further offending through early intervention at the point of police contact.
Number of legal positions within organisation: None
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What sort of volunteer opportunities are available?
YRIPP requires committed volunteers to become Independent Persons at police stations throughout Victoria. YRIPP welcomes adult volunteers from all age groups and with a variety of work, education and life experiences who want to support Victoria's vulnerable young people and make a positive contribution to Victoria's youth justice system.
To avoid conflicts of interest, volunteers should not be working or volunteering within the criminal justice system.
Contact person for volunteers: Bianca De Toma