Draft code of practice for youth conditional cautions for 16 and 17 year olds

This guidance will identify whether a case is unsuitable for a youth conditional caution and where an alternative should be used.



Youth conditional cautions are an out-of-court disposal, introduced by part 3 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, aimed at reducing the number of young offenders taken to court for low-level offending, where appropriate conditions can meet the justice of the case taking into account the views of the victim and the behavioural needs of the young person.

Certain offences may be excluded from the scheme, or specific circumstances surrounding the case may make charging the offender the most appropriate response. This guidance will help identify those cases.

Published 9 July 2009