Criminal records for young 'can impede education'

Criminal records slapped on under-18s can impede education, employment and their chance at rehabilitation, a report from an independent parliamentarians' inquiry has found.

According to the report from the inquiry into youth justice:

  • One young person told the inquiry a criminal record was an "anchor" to past offences.
  • Filtering, the process whereby certain offences are identified and not disclosed on a criminal record check, should be available to under-18s with multiple convictions, if enough time.
  • Custodial sentences which are under six months should be filtered.
  • Evidence submitted to the inquiry suggested it is often not made clear to children by police that some out-of-court disposals, such as community resolutions, youth cautions and youth conditional cautions, can appear on criminal record checks.

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Report: Wipe criminal records for 18-year-olds who obey laws

Criminal records belonging to 18-year-olds who have proved they can obey law despite their previous convictions, should be wiped when they come of age, an inquiry into youth justice has recommended.