Formal Caution or Simple Caution

Cautions are not only used by the police, but DWP and Local Authorities, and the details of those cautioned are kept on a national DWP database. It is for low level crime where there is evidence to support a prosecution, and the offender has admitted the offence. There is now a new circular that provides guidance and changes to the term ‘Simple Caution’.

Download Home Office Circular Home Office Circular 16/2008 [74Kb]

For more information see Home Office website