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Sarah Nicholson, Manager, Youth Referral and Independent Person Program (YRIPP) - YRIPP - A Crime Prevention Partnership to Youth Crime

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Sarah Nicholson delivered this presentation at the 5th Annual Juvenile Justice Summit 2014. This Summit hears from key state government representatives and youth justice organisations on the …

Sarah Nicholson delivered this presentation at the 5th Annual Juvenile Justice Summit 2014. This Summit hears from key state government representatives and youth justice organisations on the significant issues moving forward for juvenile justice in Australia.

For more information, please visit http://www.communitycareconferences.com.au/juvenilejustice14

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  • 1. National Juvenile Justice Summit 2014 YRIPP – A Crime Prevention Partnership to Youth Crime Sarah Nicholson, YRIPP Manager March 2014
  • 2. Session Aims • Outline YRIPP’s model for diversion • Explore success and learnings about YRIPP’s partnership approach • Explore issues and challenges for young people and volunteers in police interviews
  • 3. What is YRIPP? • 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 seeks to divert young people from future offending through early intervention at the point of police contact. YRIPP is the Youth Referral and Independent Person Program.
  • 4. What is YRIPP? YRIPP provides • Resources about the youth justice system and support services for police and parents. • Access to 24-hour telephone legal advice for young people in police custody, provided by lawyers from Victoria Legal Aid. • Evidence based policy advice, advocacy and assistance to improve young people’s experience of the criminal justice system.
  • 5. What is YRIPP? 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.
  • 6. Why? Why have an Independent Person Program? • Compliance with human rights obligations and principles of the youth justice system • Early intervention: The interview with police is an ideal opportunity • The need for consistent training and support across Victoria • Reduce police administration and save time • Increasing numbers of migrant and refugee young people coming to the attention of police www.yripp.org.au
  • 7. Program History • Began in 2004 as a small pilot program in 9 police stations • In June 2007 was funded by Department of Justice for 2 years to expand to a state-wide service • Received funding for 12 months at a time until 2013 • In 2013 received a 3 year service agreement
  • 8. Program Growth 2007 - 2014 * 2013-14 period is based on 6 months figure of 1578 623 1720 2906 3079 3183 3170 3156 2007 - 08 2008 - 09 2009 - 10 2010 - 11 2011 - 12 2012 - 13 Projected 2013 - 14 Year on Year Program Growth Number of Interviews
  • 9. Stations and Volunteers Currently operational in 137 stations Bannockburn, Buninyong, Creswick, Eaglehawk, Kerang, Yarram and Warrandyte were added in the last 6 months. Rollout to a further 24 stations in 2014. Approx 380 active volunteers in 2013. East Metro & Inner City • 29 police stations Eastern Victoria • 16 police stations Northern Victoria • 21 police stations Western Victoria • 20 police stations North West Metro • 30 police stations South East Metro • 21 police stations
  • 10. Young people’s demographics • 74% Male, 25% Female • 54% 16 or 17 years old • <1% 10 or 11 years old Gender and Age • 79% born in Australia • 17% born outside of Australia • 4% did not specify a country of birth Country of Birth • 14% Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander • 26% culturally and linguistically diverseCultural Diversity • 7.5% English as a second language • 7.5% speak English not as their first language • <1% accessed an interpreter (6 young people) Language YRIPP Statistics 01 July 2013 – 31 December 2013
  • 11. www.yripp.org.au Charge Types 0 200 400 600 800 1000 1200 Alleged offences for which young person is being interviewed 2010 - 2011 2011 - 2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 projected
  • 12. www.yripp.org.au Referrals In the past 12 months: • 367 (12%) young people were directly referred to a support service. • A further 484 (15%) young people were given information and a card referral for support services. Currently working with partner agencies to strengthen YRIPP diversion for young people overrepresented in YRIPP data.
  • 13. www.yripp.org.au YRIPP Partnerships YRIPP partners contribute to: • Establishment of the YRIPP model • Ongoing development of YRIPP • Training for volunteers • Referrals • Program management and oversight • Addressing issues that arise at the police station • Systemic changes Partnerships bring challenges and rewards
  • 14. www.yripp.org.au Lessons for Others • Human rights frameworks for youth justice are universal • Similar legislation exists across Australia for “interview friends”, “appropriate adults”, etc • Detailed legislation is helpful but not essential for agreement about the role • The police interview is the earliest opportunity for diversion out of the criminal justice system • Address issues systemically but in collaboration and partnership • Volunteers bring strengths but are volunteers
  • 15. Questions, Comments, Feedback Sarah Nicholson 9340 3777 or manager@yripp.org.au www.yripp.org.au Participant Feedback

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