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Caution

When someone is arrested they are given a police caution. This is a warning that anything they say can be used in evidence if a case goes to court.

Children who go to the police station for a voluntary police interview will also be given the police caution.

A caution can also be an official warning given by the police when someone admits a minor offence instead of going to court. Children who admit an offence can be given a youth caution or youth conditional caution. A youth caution or youth conditional caution is part of a child’s criminal record.