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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