Youth Justice Online - Episode 2: Criminal Records

Youth Justice Online is a series of short podcasts covering some topical issues in Criminal Law for young people and their parents.

In the second episode of our series, Áine Kervick (Associate) & Maeve Keenan (Associate) in our Criminal Litigation team discuss criminal records.

They explore the following:

  • What is a criminal record and what is the Police National Computer?
  • How can you find out if the police hold information about you on their systems?
  • What is a DBS check and what information is available on a basic, standard and enhanced check?
  • Recent developments regarding police cautions for children and young people

You can click here to listen to episode one which covered sexting and social media. Stay tuned for more episodes in the series which will cover topics including what turning 18 means for a young person in the criminal justice system.

Further information

For further information on the issues raised in this podcast, please contact a member of our Youth Crime team.

You can also find out more about the work our Youth Crime team cover by clicking here.

About the speakers

Áine Kervick is an Associate in our Criminal Litigation team. She provides advice and representation to individuals and corporates from the initial stages of criminal investigations up to trial. She has extensive experience representing children and young people, particularly in relation to online and sexual offences arising out of “sexting” behaviour. She is committed to ensuring the relevant authorities recognise and respect the special rights afforded to children who find themselves within the criminal justice system. She is particularly interested in campaigning work in relation to the age of criminal responsibility in England and Wales and improvements to the criminal records system for children and young people.

Maeve Keenan is an Associate in the Criminal Litigation team. She has represented clients on a wide range of general crime matters including road traffic, public order, allegations of serious violence and both historical and current sexual offences. She is instructed on cases ranging from the initial stages of criminal investigations through to trials, including working on a number of Crown Court matters since qualification.


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