SCYJ submission to the Justice Select Committee consultation on childhood criminal records

SCYJ has submitted a report to the Justice Select Committee consultation. We argue that the childhood criminal records system in England and Wales stands out as one of the most punitive in the world.

England and Wales are relatively rare in making no distinction between records acquired as a child, and those acquired as an adult no matter what the offence;1 unlike many jurisdictions, there is no means to expunge a criminal record acquired in childhood; rules on disclosure are relatively unrestricted, and all convictions can be disclosed for lengthy periods.

As a consequence, children who have offended in England and Wales are bound to the mistakes of their past in a way that is not paralleled with their international equals. This report looks at the treatment of childhood criminal records across a number of countries in Europe, Australasia and three states in the USA.

You can find our submission here.