In the late 1990’s the management and staff of East Potential became increasingly concerned about what they began to identify as the interruption to the lives of young residents of the foyers when they became involved with the youth justice system.
East Potential is the largest developer and manager of foyers in Britain and now provides an integrated package of accommodation, training and employment to facilitate the transition to adulthood of some 600 vulnerable young people at any time. Many of these young people have been looked after victims of abuse or neglect and have low educational attainment. Any positive developments in their lives, through the foyer experience, would be interrupted if they became involved with the youth justice system, especially if this included remands in custody or sentences spent far from the local community. The next contact with the foyer staff would be when the young person was discharged and arrived on the doorstep. Homeless and ready to begin the journey again.