Youth Referral and Independent Person Program


YRIPPYRIPP is the Youth Referral and Independent Person Program.  YRIPP delivers a high quality system of adult volunteers called "Independent Persons" who attend police interviews with young people in police custody when a parent or guardian is not available.  YRIPP also seeks to divert young people from future offending through early intervention at the point of police contact.

YRIPP was established in 2004 and is now available in 130+ police stations across Victoria.  YRIPP provides volunteer Independent Persons to over 3000 police interviews with young people per year.  This makes an important contribution to increased access to justice for young people.  YRIPP depends on the generosity of volunteers; without their energy, patience and commitment YRIPP could not exist as it does today.  You can find out more about YRIPP at

We look for volunteers who have a keen interest in youth justice and who have:

An interest in making a positive contribution to the youth justice process.

Good verbal communication and social skills and sufficient written communication ability in English.

A fair and balanced attitude towards the police and an ability to remain non-judgmental about young people and their behaviour.

An ability to maintain an up-to-date roster for a minimum of 12 hours a week, be reliable in responding to phone calls and attend police stations when rostered and called upon to attend.

An ability to remain calm but assertive and to make good decisions in high pressure situations.

An ability to engage with and support young people including Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander young people and young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds.

An ability to be self-reflective and receive and respond to feedback from YRIPP staff.

Volunteers also need to be able to attend a rostered police station within 30 minutes (20 minutes travel time) when contacted by YRIPP's call centre during a rostered shift.

We need committed adult volunteers to fulfil a vital role in helping at risk young people at police stations along the Surf Coast.


if you have any further questions please contact:

Bianca DeToma
Project Officer/Volunteer Recruitment & Training Support (Wed, Thu, Fri)
YRIPP c/o Centre for Multicultural Youth
304 Drummond Street
Carlton  VIC  3053

(03) 9340 3743 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


YRIPP is supported by the Victorian Government and delivered by the Centre for Multicultural Youth and the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria in partnership with community legal centres, UnitingCare and Victoria Police.

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