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Out of Court Disposal (OOCD)

Children who commit less serious offences and are at low risk of reoffending can be offered alternatives to being charged with criminal offences.

A child needs to admit committing a criminal offence, this is usually during the police interview.

Out of court disposals may disclosed on an enhanced criminal record check.1 Youth cautions and youth conditional cautions are part of a child’s criminal record.

Out of court disposals are:

  1. An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required  for jobs working with children and vulnerable adults.  (back)