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Youth Caution

Children aged 10 – 17 years old can be given a youth caution if they admit a criminal offence.

The police must have enough evidence to prove an offence was committed.

A child must have an appropriate adult if they are given a youth caution (unlike adults they do not consent to receiving a youth caution).1

Most children who receive cautions will be referred to the Youth Offending Team (YOT).

A youth caution remains on a child’s criminal record. It is considered spent but will appear on an enhanced criminal record check unless it is filtered.

  1. The law has recently been changed to require that all children, including 17 year olds, have an appropriate adult when receiving a youth caution. Section 41 Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 amends section 66ZA Crime and Disorder Act 1998. See our legal update.  (back)