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.