Capacity Assesment

Case Study – Clinical Assesment

A young woman was referred following concerns about her emotional and physical well-being. She had developed a sexual relationship with an older man and the local authority was keen to clarify the woman’s capacity to consent to this relationship.

After a cognitive assessment confirmed that the woman had learning disabilities, a detailed capacity assessment was carried out with regard to her understanding of consent and her knowledge of sex and its ramifications.

The assessment concluded that while the woman was indeed vulnerable, she was able to demonstrate capacity to consent to a sexual relationship. The report made recommendations about support that might be of benefit to both further develop the woman’s knowledge of sexual health and enhance her confidence and self-esteem.