Safeguarding - Ratcliffe College


Safeguarding at Ratcliffe College

In line with current legislation and also our desire to provide cutting-edge pastoral care, Ratcliffe College has a dedicated team who oversee ‘Safeguarding’.

The Deputy Head Pastoral, Mr C Donegan is the Senior Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL). Mr Donegan is an experienced pastoral practitioner and is also a serving ISI Inspector and regularly attends external forums run by the BSA, LLRSCB and the NSPCC. Mr Donegan is supported in this role by four members of staff who act as Deputy DSLs. They are Mrs J Cartwright (DSL Preparatory School), Fr C Cann (Preparatory School), Mrs A da Costa (Senior School) and Miss R Green (DSL Nursery).

The Safeguarding Team ensures best practice in all aspects of child protection and student welfare across the College. This involves providing a comprehensive INSET programme for all staff. All new staff receive a thorough induction programme which places a clear emphasis on pastoral support and safeguarding issues. The School’s Tutor Programme, as well as the delivery of the PSHCE programme within the curriculum, are designed to ensure current safeguarding issues are regularly discussed.

On the rare occasions that a significant safeguarding or child protection concern is raised at Ratcliffe College, it is the role of the Safeguarding Team to undertake appropriate investigations. This will be in line with our published Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and will involve liaison with external agencies as and when required.

Safeguarding Lead contact information:

Senior School – Mr C Donegan (

Preparatory School – Mrs M Markham (

EYFS – Miss R Ravat (

Safeguarding Report Form

Please use the form below to report a safeguarding concern. The DSL or DDSL will acknowledge receipt of this submission.
  • Please provide as much details as possible regarding your concern