The Youth Justice Legal Centre is part of Just for Kids Law.
The latest proven reoffending statistics published by the Ministry of Justice show that reoffending rates for children who are dealt with by way of youth caution at the police station are substantially lower than those receiving a custodial sentence.
In two cases, the High Court has held that the scheme concerning the disclosure of convictions and cautions, is incompatible with ECHR art.8. These cases are significant as they challenge the legality of the enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service regime.
Youth cautions and conditional cautions must now be given to 17 year olds in the presence of an appropriate adult, as is currently the case for children under 17 years old.
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