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YRIPP - Youth Referral and Independent Person Program
Contact Name: Susan Hillman-Stoltz
Contact Phone: 9285 4821
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
About the agency
What does an Independent Person do? An Independent Person (IP) is a volunteer who is independent of the Criminal Justice System and supports young people during interviews with Police when a parent or guardian is unavailable. The Independent Person then refers young people to support services to reduce their chances of future offending. Independent Persons are trained in relevant police and legal processes as well as in working with Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse young people.
To attend local police stations as an Independent Person in interviews between police and young people under 18, as requested by Police.
To refer young people to appropriate health and welfare services using protocols developed by the program.
To complete documentation relating to individual interviews as required by the program YRIPP Local Coordinator and/or program evaluator
To participate in YRIPP team meetings
To participate in an independent evaluation of the program if required.
Prior to undertaking duties as an Independent Persons, volunteers will be provided with training in the role of the Independent Person (legal issues and Police procedures), cultural diversity issues and referral processes for young people. Training will be approximately 26.5 hours and will involve some assessment.
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