National Radio 28 March 2013The Children’s Commissioner has told MPs some child abuse referrals to Child, Youth and Family are being made without proper assessments and are overwhelming the organisation. Russell Wills told Parliament’s social services committee the bulk of the 150,000 referrals made last year from health and police were for children who were witness to domestic violence. He said a number of those referrals should have been made to Women’s Refuge. “That leads to social workers being overwhelmed. The intervention needs to be a domestic violence intervention for most of those children and in fact notifying Child, Youth and Family puts a barrier in the way. It actually delays that, usually it’s women, that woman getting assistance that she needs.” Dr Wills told MPs that notifying Child, Youth and Family can often delay those children and their families from getting the help they need. He said some of the assessments of child abuse risk were weak, and work should be done to strengthen them.http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/131429/select-committee-hears-cyf-getting-too-many-referrals
JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoMINNEAPOLIS ? All week long, the Wisconsin men?s hockey teamstressed how crucial each point was in the weekend?s Minnesota series.Yet on the heels of a 4-2 loss Friday and a 4-4 tie Saturdayagainst the Gophers, the Badgers escaped Mariucci Arena with just one point.?At this time of year, it?s about getting points,? UW headcoach Mike Eaves said after Saturday?s tie. ?It?s a good point. It?s a pointthat could make a difference for us down the road.?Eaves? squad fell behind early Saturday night courtesy of aPatrick White goal. White?s shot was deflected off UW defenseman CodyGoloubef?s stick, catching goaltender Shane Connelly out of position.Wisconsin had an answer later in the period when JohnMitchell?s shot from the left faceoff circle was mishandled by Minnesota goalieAlex Kangas and trickled across the goal line.?It was kind of the end of the shift, and I was reallytired. There was no way I was going to try and make a move,? Mitchell said. ?Ijust kind of threw it on net.?The scoring would prove to be back and forth for theremainder of the game. The Gophers? Evan Kaufmann gave his team a 2-1 lead latein the first period following a defensive lapse by the Badgers.UW?s Matthew Ford battled at the blue line but was unable toclear the puck, allowing Mike Howe to gain possession. Howe then left adrop-pass for Kaufman, who beat Connelly stick-side.Wisconsin responded in the form of a Michael Davies secondperiod goal. While he didn?t receive an assist on the play, Blake Geoffrion seteverything up. He battled along the boards to keep the puck in and allowedteammate Ben Street to collect in and fire a pass to Davies.?[Blake] played his game,? Eaves said. ?He was battling andblocking shots and kind of being everywhere. That?s the kind of game when heplays that he?s effective.?A power play goal by Ben Gordon put Minnesota back up, butWisconsin?s Podge Turnbull knotted the game at 3-3 with a fluky goal thatsomehow snuck between Kangas and the left post.?As a team, we recognized that the game plan was just to getpucks on net and get bodies to the net, and that was the case on the thirdgoal,? Turnbull said. ?Sometimes those go in, sometimes they don?t.?Each team scored once more in the third, both on a pair ofintercepted passes. Minnesota?s Jay Barriball stepped in front of a KyleKlubertanz pass and turned into a goal, while Wisconsin?s Patrick Johnsondisrupted a pass, collected the puck and fired on Kangas.?I was just kind of throwing it on net right between theplayer?s legs,? Johnson said.Wisconsin salvaged a point on the night after neither teamwas able to find the back of the net in overtime, ending in a 4-4 tie.?I guess a tie is kind of like kissing your sister,?Mitchell said. ?Being down a goal in the third, being down the entire game, youcan?t complain with the outcome of a tie.?The Gophers jumped all over the Badgers Friday night afterUW failed to score until the third period and allowed Minnesota to score threein the same timeframe.?We were spectators for two periods,? Eaves said after thegame Friday. ?You could tell which was the more desperate team. We didn?t getthe good start; Minnesota got it.?Defenseman Derek Peltier opened the scoring floodgates forthe Gophers in the first period after taking a cross-ice pass from forward MikeCarman and beating Connelly stick-side.It was Minnesota?s only goal in the first period, but theywould go on to add two more in the second. After the Badgers? Cody Goloubeftook an unnecessary interference call, the Gophers took advantage on the power playwhen Carman collected a rebound and put it in the open right side of the net,making the score 2-0 in favor of Minnesota.Less than two minutes later, the Gophers struck again. Thistime it was Patrick White finding the net, scoring off a rebounded puck thatConnelly was unable to handle.After looking shaky for two periods, Connelly was pulled andScott Gudmandson played the third period between the pipes for Minnesota.Eaves said the move was not a result of Connelly?sperformance, per se, but was more a statement to his struggling squad.?It had nothing to do with Shane?s play,? Eaves said. ?Itwas a message to the team that we?ve got to wake up here and start playingbetter in front of your goaltender.?The team responded by scoring twice in the third withGudmandson in net. Blake Geoffrion collected a pass from forward Kyle Turrisand one-timed it past Kangas on the back doorstep, ending Wisconsin?s scoringdrought just two minutes into the final frame.But UW was unable to bottle the momentum to cut into thelead any further. Minnesota?s Jay Barriball extended the lead back to threewith a power-play goal that beat Gudmandson, the only puck he let by in hisperiod of work.Minnesota native Aaron Bendickson notched the Badgers? othergoal at the 11-minute mark off a deflection of a Blake Geoffrion pass, but thatwould be all Wisconsin could muster, falling 4-2.?We didn?t come to play until the third period,? Bendicksonsaid. ?It takes more than that to win a hockey game.?