Practitioners at an early intervention psychosis team were working with a man with long-term mental health issues. The man had donated £6,000 to charity when a fundraiser knocked on his door. The practitioners were concerned whether the man had been financially exploited and didn’t know whether they should intervene to protect his well-being.

The practitioners carefully considered this and, following training from BIHR, weighed up their duty to protect the man’s well-being against their duty to respect his autonomy (both protected by Article 8 of the Human Rights Act). A mental capacity assessment was arranged and it determined that the man did have capacity to make the decision to donate the money, he believed in the cause and it was important to him. The practitioners therefore decided not to intervene. However, they did alert the police to a possible issue in the area.