Cautions are blighting people's job prospects and ruining lives. I received a caution after my abusive ex-husband reported me to the police for common assault. He had threatened my life and the lives of my children and had assaulted me on several occasions (including when pregnant). Whilst feeling under threat and duress I I used reasonable force to remove him from my house. I ended up with a caution (very much sold to me by the police) after spending hours without food in the police station. I was too scared of the consequences of going to court , but now very much regret having my day in court. The police did not charge my ex-husband despite him admitting to kicking me whilst pregnant in his statement!
I have a PhD and hoped to train as a teacher (my ex knew this and knew the consequences of his malicious complaint). I do not want to have to discuss my appalling marriage every time I apply for a job, so I only apply for those that do not require a CRB. These tend to be low paid jobs.
My ex-husband also got cautioned, but due to his career will never need a CRB check…
I should never have been cautioned in the first place. Now my earning potential has plumetted and my ability to forge a career is pretty much ruined.
Cautions were supposed to be a 'telling off', not a black mark that sticks for life,
Remove cautions fom CRB checks and allow people such as myself to have the career opportunities that we deserve.