If this was all dealt with at the store and not at the police station, then you will not have a Caution and therefore, you will not have a criminal record.
A fixed penalty for shoplifting is called a Penalty notice for disorder. Provided you are 18 or over at the time of the offence, and you pay the penalty, you will not get a criminal conviction as you will read here.
It will show on the Police National Computer but only the police will be able to access it.
However it is not covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, so if you are asked whether you have any fixed penalties, you have to disclose it.
It is not disclosed on a standard CRB/DBS check but maybe as part of an enhanced check. If ever you are applying for a job where you are required to work with children or vulnerable adults or in the NHS or as a teacher or banking or the legal profession or a variety of other professions, you will always have to disclose this even if not asked.
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However, having said all this, the requirement is that you have to be of “good character”. The guidelines say that although minor convictions may be disregarded, an offence involving dishonesty (shoplifting) will only be ignored rarely.
It was recently, my advice to you would be to disclose it because disclosing it, the result is going to be the same in any event whereas if you do not disclose it and they find out about it, means that your application could get turned down.
There is a part of the application form which asks whether you have engaged in any activity which might indicate that you may not be considered a person of “good character. It virtually covers everything else which is not a conviction.
As you appreciate, this is an extremely vague question and therefore my advice to you is to be on the safe side and disclose it.
If you do disclose it and it affects the application, then it would have affected it anyway.
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