Youth Caution

This disposal may be given for any admitted offence where there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction, but it is not in the public interest to prosecute. 

For any Youth Caution:

  • Youth justice team is notified and they will assess the risk and intervention level
  • If the young person agrees to work with the youth justice team this will be done under the diversion programme

Youth cautions are considered to be ‘spent’ as soon as they are issued. This means that they do not need to be disclosed in normal circumstances (e.g. when applying for jobs or insurance).

Whenever a Youth Caution or Youth Conditional Caution is given, the young person, the police officer and any parent, guardian or appropriate adult present, must sign a form to confirm that it was given for the offence committed. The disposal should be given at a police station unless there is a valid reason why this is not possible.

An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (formerly known as the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)) will show all Youth Cautions and Youth Conditional Cautions and may include details of Community Resolutions (at the chief officer’s discretion).