Swell: Report finds that some Muslim parents would not tell police if their children fought for ISIS

Swell: Report finds that some Muslim parents would not tell police if their children fought for ISIS
Credit: Reuters

A damning report from city academics has revealed that some Muslim parents in Birmingham do not trust police and would not speak out if their children travelled to Syria.

Researchers Dr Imran Awan and Dr Surinder Guru conducted focus groups with parents to explore how they view the current counter-terrorism policing strategy employed by West Midlands Police.

“The data from the research study has found that Muslim community members are increasingly finding the partnership with the police service problematic”, said Dr Awan, Associate Professor of Criminology at Birmingham City University.

“The parents we spoke to were worried about the lack of support for Muslim families and they feared that anyone who had gone to Syria would be arrested and have their citizenship removed if they spoke out.”

The report said the parents all had children aged between 14 and 23.

The mothers and fathers were split into focus groups and had been drawn together from different areas of the city, including Sparkbrook, Washwood Heath, Alum Rock, Sparkhill and Stechford.

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