Muslim helpline push
SENIOR Muslim leaders are lobbying the Federal Government for taxpayer cash to fund a telephone helpline for desperate parents worried about their children being lured by gangs or extremist recruiters.
The proposal for a $3.5 million Muslim Crisis Support Service, backed by the Australian National University and the Islamic Council of Victoria, was presented to senior Turnbull Government ministers in Canberra last week.
The proposed service would include a 24-hour helpline for desperate Muslim parents worried about children “vulnerable to delinquent or violent anti-social behaviours”.
The money would also fund a mobile crisis support team to intervene when families are in crisis and provide practical and emotional support.
Islamic council vice-president Adel Salman said parents were crying out for the service.
Crisis support sought