Youth Referral and Independent Person Program

Last Updated in 2016

Field of Law

Criminal; Youth

Stage of Career

Undergraduates; Practising Lawyers (Volunteer only)

Contact Details

Address: Central Office, Centre for Multicultural Youth, 304 Drummond Street, Carlton 3053
Phone: 03 9340 3777
Visit the YRIPP website
Contact person: Bianca De Toma

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

Information for university students/graduates and practising lawyers

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

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