Cautions on CRBs

I thougth that CRB checks were to protect children from paedophiles. I know someone who had a caution for having a small amount of cannabis at a music festival as a 18 year old. This was a mistake, and he has learnt a hard lesson as he has been penalised for this in the jobs market even though he has gone onto get a Degree and does not have a drugs problem at all. Is it necessary for this and other minor cautions to go on record? The police should be able to use their discretion a bit more and give one off offences a 'ticking off' without it blighting their lives and ruining their chances. The majority of youths make a mistake and learn form it, they should not be criminalised.

Why is this idea important?

I thougth that CRB checks were to protect children from paedophiles. I know someone who had a caution for having a small amount of cannabis at a music festival as a 18 year old. This was a mistake, and he has learnt a hard lesson as he has been penalised for this in the jobs market even though he has gone onto get a Degree and does not have a drugs problem at all. Is it necessary for this and other minor cautions to go on record? The police should be able to use their discretion a bit more and give one off offences a 'ticking off' without it blighting their lives and ruining their chances. The majority of youths make a mistake and learn form it, they should not be criminalised.

Define Data Protection

While I agree that I do not want my private data to get into the wrong hands the majority of institutions and organisations that I have had to converse with by phone seem to use this as an excuse for being totally unhelpful. It is terrible when you cannot help your teenage, young adult children to sort out a problem because someone will not speak to you. Also, I have been married for nearly 30 years and cannot get Utility companies to put Mr & Mrs on the bill and then if I have to ring they will not speak to Mrs because it is Mr on the account! Rediculous!

Why is this idea important?

While I agree that I do not want my private data to get into the wrong hands the majority of institutions and organisations that I have had to converse with by phone seem to use this as an excuse for being totally unhelpful. It is terrible when you cannot help your teenage, young adult children to sort out a problem because someone will not speak to you. Also, I have been married for nearly 30 years and cannot get Utility companies to put Mr & Mrs on the bill and then if I have to ring they will not speak to Mrs because it is Mr on the account! Rediculous!