The Directors of Public Protection Wales (DPPW) is the collective organisation of officers heading up public health protection services within local authorities, with the following Mission Statement:
'To protect personal, environmental, economic and social well-being through policy, regulation and education. By these means to create a safe living and working environment for the communities we serve.'
Public Protection services include all aspects of licensing, environmental health and trading standards. DPPW has two constituent Heads of Service groups - Wales Heads of Environmental Health and Wales Heads of Trading Standards. Under these groups, there are a selection of specialist/technical panels, and groups focusing on generic aspects of delivery such as training, enforcement, and performance management. We also have representation on an extensive range of fora, advisory groups and steering committees.
Smoking Ban in Wales Report
The Directors of Public Protection in Wales (DPPW) launched their latest report: ‘The smoking ban in Wales: The role of Local Authority Public Protection Services’ at the CIEH Wales Conference in Cardiff on 25th February 2009.
The introduction of the ban on smoking in enclosed public places is probably the most significant public health intervention to have occurred in Wales in the last fifty years. It is also recognised that its introduction has been a resounding success, primarily due to the excellent collaboration and partnership working between central and local government and appropriate resourcing for local authorities.
However, smoking levels within the population in Wales remain unacceptably high. Whilst the smoking ban may have been the spur that some people needed to stop smoking or reduce their tobacco consumption, further work is required to challenge what remains as one of the most significant public health threats in Wales. This report recognises some of the contributions that local authority regulatory services have made already and identifies additional measures that could and, in some case, should be implemented to assist in reducing smoking levels still further.
We would welcome feedback from you on this report and its recommendations.
For more information contact: Simon Wilkinson