Youth Conditional Caution

A Youth Conditional Caution may be offered when a young person admits an offence, there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and when the public interest can be best served by the young person fulfilling the pre-agreed conditions rather than going to court.

For a Youth Conditional Caution:

  • Police will give conditions that are in proportion to the offence, helps rehabilitation and gives the young person a chance to offer reparation instead of prosecution
  • Conditions could include a curfew, staying away from a particular area or another person, and working with the youth offending team
  • The Youth offending team will assess the risk and intervention level and work will be done under the diversion programme
  • Non-compliance may result in prosecution for the original offence.

Youth Conditional Cautions are considered to be ‘spent’ once the conditions have been completed (normally 3 months).

Whenever a Youth Caution or Youth Conditional Caution is given, the young person, the police officer and any parent, guardian or appropriate adult present, must sign a form to confirm that it was given for the offence committed. The disposal should be given at a police station unless there is a valid reason why this is not possible.

An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (formerly known as the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)) will show all Youth Cautions and Youth Conditional Cautions and may include details of Community Resolutions (at the chief officer’s discretion).