5.2. Stakeholders' networks
When many different stakeholders are involved in developing and implementing a strategy to address early school leaving, it may be necessary to create formalised structures to support their work. All stakeholders need to have a common understanding of the challenges they are seeking to address and share a common goal and approach. Support structures and coordinating mechanisms should also be in place to ensure dialogue and a reciprocal flow of information between the school and a wider set of stakeholders, as well as with the relevant public authorities. Effective stakeholder networks must involve an appropriate set of stakeholders, who understand the local circumstances and context and who are able to intervene locally in the problems which are putting learners at risk of early school leaving. A wide range of stakeholders and professionals who could contribute to the network should be identified; they should be invited and involved from the start of the process.