Deferred prosecution – Outcome 22

Outcome code 22 was introduced with effect from 1 April 2019 in response to recommendations in the Lammy Report about expanding the use of deferred prosecution.


Outcome 22 is a new police outcome code that can be used when the police have decided to defer prosecution until the accused has been given the opportunity to engage with an intervention activity. The outcome will be recorded on the Police National Computer as follows:

‘Outcome 22 – diversionary, educational or intervention activity, resulting from the crime report, has been undertaken and it is not in the public interest to take any further action’.


Outcome 22 could be an excellent outcome for many children who are investigated by the police, who may or may not have made admissions but engage with YOT intervention. This could be a particularly positive development if the police will consider its use in relation to serious offences.