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.

Restore the distinction between arrestable and non arrestable offences

The Labour government remove this distinction and it has had at least two affects. 1) It criminalised large numbers of people for trivial offences. 2)It allowed the police to arrest someone and take their DNA for the database for the most minor ofoffences.  Restoring the distincion would restore the balnce between the citizen and the state.

Why is this idea important?

The Labour government remove this distinction and it has had at least two affects. 1) It criminalised large numbers of people for trivial offences. 2)It allowed the police to arrest someone and take their DNA for the database for the most minor ofoffences.  Restoring the distincion would restore the balnce between the citizen and the state.