ID: 108792

Independent Person - Ballarat

Young People Regular - more than 6 months Ballarat VIC

About this opportunity

Do you want to make a positive contribution the youth justice system and support vulnerable young people?

YRIPP volunteers attend police interviews with young people in police custody when a parent or guardian is not available.

The Independent Person is there to compensate for the inherent disadvantage young people in police custody face when interviewed by police and clarify to them what is happening and why.

The role provides an important opportunity to support young people at a critical time and help divert those at risk of further offending. YRIPP volunteers come from all walks of life, and we look for volunteers who have good communication and social skills, who are reliable, calm and self-reflective. No specific prior experience or legal knowledge is needed, all training is provided. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

YRIPP continues to provide support during the current conditions of COVID-19. As a response to government health advice, we have moved recruitment, information sessions and training to digital based activities. As an essential service, the Independent Person will be expected to attend police stations where they will provide face-to-face support with social distancing and precautionary measures in place.

Additional requirements

Driver's Licence (C) . National Police Certificate *. Working with Children Check *.

o Driver's License
o National Police Certificate- Arranged through CMY *
o Working with Children Check- Arranged through CMY *
o To attend volunteer meetings and activities on an ongoing basis. Attend compulsory training when required.

* May be arranged via the Organisation. Details to be provided on expression of interest.
Time Required

Volunteers are required to be on-call for at least 2 x 12 hour shifts per week, or 1 X 12 hour shifts per week in high priority areas. *Note, volunteers are unlikely to be called to the station every shift they are rostered on, and the average time spent at the station for each call is 3 hours. Volunteers must attend police station within 30 minutes of being called when on roster.

Type of work
  • Companionship & Social Support
  • Mediation & Advocacy
  • Safety & Emergency Services

Online and face-to-face including Police Station Tour