ABH youth reprimand downgraded

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ABH youth reprimand downgraded

We were instructed by a client to challenge an unfairly issued youth reprimand for ABH (now called a youth caution).

Unfairly Issued Youth Warnings and Cautions

The client was training to be a teacher and only discovered the reprimand would affect him after undertaking many years of higher education. As the reprimand was for ABH (actual bodily harm) it meant that it will always be disclosed on all types of DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service – previously CRB) certificate.

Matthew Elkins reviewed the case and advised that there was a basis to challenge the reprimand.

Caution and Youth Reprimand removal Lawyer

The police agreed to downgrade the youth reprimand to common assault which meant it would no longer be mandatorily disclosed on a DBS certificate. As a result the client’s DBS certificate was cleared and he is now able to train to become a teacher.

About the Author:

I am a qualified solicitor and I have extensive experience of applying for the removal of police cautions from the PNC, challenging DBS certificates and DBS barring decisions. I have had numerous successful cases, and for cases where judicial review proceedings have been issued, I am usually able to recoup my clients’ costs from the police. I have co-authored a journal paper on the reform of the police cautioning procedure in the Criminal Law Review (the leading criminal law journal : “Suggestions for Reform to the Simple Cautioning procedure”). I also write the UK Westlaw Insight on Police Cautions and published an article in the Criminal Law and Justice Weekly on anonymity in criminal proceedings and its impact on the police caution: Adult Defendant Anonymity in Criminal Proceedings