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Motoring offence caution question. Status on new job form.

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Motoring offence caution question. Status on new job form.

Thank you for your question. My name is XXXXX XXXXX I will try to help with this.

Could you explain your situation a bit more please?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Hi Jo, I've been offered a job at a local school, and am filling in the "Protection of Children and Young People" declaration form for the council. One question asks if I've been cautioned by the police or bound over to keep the peace. A couple of years ago, whilst driving, I accidentally went through a red light and was stopped by a passing police control car. The policeman gave me either a "warning" or a "Caution", and I can't remember which! Then he let me go on etc, with nothing else being done (because I admitted my mistake in full).

Now I'm wondering if I have to tick the box saying I've had a Caution and go in to all the details blah blah blah, even though nothing whatsoever to do with Children. It doesn't help not being able to remember the form of words he used. Any tips gratefully accepted.

Hello, my name is XXXXX XXXXX my colleague has asked me to assist with your query as it is more my area of law. Whilst I agree that the offence may have nothing to do with working with children, you must carefully read the questions asked and answer them truthfully because the employer can later on treat this as misconduct if it is found that you had lied on the application form.

Therefore, if the question specifically asked if you have EVER been cautioned, issued with a warnings, etc then you must answer yes, even if you believe the offence is not relevant to this position. The question is a general one and designed to encompass all offences, regardless of whether they are relevant or not and as such you must declare this incident.

The fact it is not relevant means that it is unlikely it will impact your suitability for this job. No one is perfect and a minor traffic offence should not prejudice your suitability for applying for this job.

I hope this has answered your query. Please take a second to leave a positive rating, or if you are unhappy for some reason with the advice - please get back to me and I will assist further as best as I can. Thank you very much
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Hi Ben...Many thanks. As you say, no one's perfect, and it was a complete one-off. I will declare it.


Best wishes,


Thanks Paul, hope it is the last time you have to deal with this minor issue