Brief and accurate written notes will be kept of all incidents and child protection or child in need concerns relating to individual pupils. This information may be shared with other agencies as appropriate. Parental consent will be sought before making a Child in Need (S17) referral to Children’s Social Care (Children’s Services). If consent is withheld, consideration will be given to the potential impact of this for the child and to the need for a child protection referral (S47), which does not require parental consent. The School will take into account the views and wishes of the child who is the subject of the concern but staff will be alert to the dangers of colluding with dangerous “secrets”. Child Protection (CP) records are not open to pupils or parents. CP records are kept securely by the Designated Safeguarding Lead Persons and separately from educational records and may only be accessed by the Designated Safeguarding Lead, their Deputy and the senior managers of the School.