The Public Protection Arrangements (PPANI) were introduced in Northern Ireland in October 2008, following the Criminal Justice (NI) Order 2008. They replaced the regional Multi Agency Sex Offender Risks Assessment and Management (MASRAM) and extend the scope of public protection to include sexual and violent offenders.
Their aim is to increase the effectiveness of work done by the police, probation and others to manage risks posed by sexual and violent offenders when they are released into the community. It puts the legal requirement on agencies (including police, probation, health and social care, the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and the NSPCC) to cooperate and share information to better assess and manage risk.
The operational functions of PPANI are carried out by Local Area Public Protection Panels (LAPPP) meetings.
For more details see the PPANI website and the Guidance to agencies: public protection arrangements (PDF) (2008).