A police caution will be disclosable on a standard DBS (CRB) certificate check for 6 years (2 years for a youth caution).
If however you have received a police caution for an offence that appears on a proscribed list of offences, your caution will remain on a standard and enhanced DBS certificate check forever and will not be filter. Typical examples of proscribed list cautions would be for actual bodily harm (ABH) or minor child cruelty allegations. (NB 2017: this rule is subject to a government review)
Enhanced DBS Certificates and Police Cautions
In addition, even for non-proscribed list cautions, a caution can potentially always be disclosed on an enhanced DBS (CRB) check even after six years.
A caution can be disclosed forever in certain circumstances depending on the offence and the type of DBS certificate you require.
You can however get your police caution removed if you have been unfairly or illegally issued your police caution.
If you have been misled about the police caution, including being told that the caution is only a “slap on the wrist” and/or that it would not show up on employment/immigration checks, then you may have a case to have the caution removed.
What happens if my Police Caution is removed?
If your police caution is removed you will no longer have a police caution and so a police caution will no longer show up on your DBS certificate. Your criminal record will either be updated to say that no further action was taken in respect of your case ( known as NFA by the police) or your entrie record will be deleted.
Police Caution Deletion Solicitor
I have had many successful cases of police caution expungement/deletion. I have also had many arrest record removed for clients as well as challenging unfair DSB barring decisions.
I am also able to assist in applying for information disclosed on DBS certificates to be removed – if you feel information has been unfairly disclosed you have the right to dispute its disclosure.
I recently co-authored a journal paper on the reform of the police cautioning procedure in the Criminal Law Review (Suggestions for Reform to the Simple Cautioning procedure). I also write the UK Westlaw Insight on Police Cautions, and had an article published on anonymity in the Criminal Justice and Law Weekly on criminal proceedings and its relationship with the police caution.
I offer a reasonable fixed fee for removing a police caution and DBS certificate/barring disclosure disputes.