Children aged 10 – 17 years old can be given a youth conditional caution if they admit a criminal offence.
Youth conditional cautions are a caution with one or more conditions attached. If a child does not keep to the conditions they could be prosecuted for the original offence.
A child must have an appropriate adult if they are given a youth conditional caution (unlike adults they do not consent to receiving a youth caution).
All children who receive youth conditional cautions will have been referred to the Youth Offending Team (YOT).
A youth conditional caution remains on a child’s criminal record. It is considered spent but will appear on an enhanced criminal record check (Disclosure and Barring Service check).