Introduction to PPANI
What is PPANI?
PPANI is an acronym for the public protection arrangements in Northern Ireland, which were introduced in October 2008 to make more effective the work the police, probation and others do to manage the risks posed by certain sexual and violent offenders when they are released from prison into the community. PPANI is not a statutory body in itself but a structure that enables agencies to undertake their statutory duties and coordinate their functions to enhance public protection.
Since 2001, there have been similar multi agency arrangements in place in Northern Ireland, known as multi agency sex offender risk assessment and management (MASRAM). These were voluntary arrangements, which brought together police, probation, prisons, housing and social services. In October 2008, the arrangements were provided for in law, which means that specified agencies now have a legal duty to cooperate and share information to help assess and manage risk. Article 50 of the Criminal Justice (N.I.) Order 2008, specifies the agencies which have a duty to co-operate to ensure effective assessment and management of the risks posed by certain sexual and violent offenders.