Child Sexual Exploitation

Child sexual exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse. It occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into sexual activity (a) in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or (b) for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator. The victim may have been sexually exploited even if the sexual activity appears consensual. Child sexual exploitation does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology.

Like all forms of child sexual abuse, CSE can happen to any child (male or female) under the age of 18, anytime, anywhere and that is why tackling CSE remains a high priority for us. Our research aims to raise awareness of CSE and recognise the extent to which it occurs within Cambridgeshire in order to better inform local CSE based decisions.

Local Research

The research group has been commissioned to provide bespoke CSE briefing reports as well as strategic assessments across the districts in Cambridgeshire.

These reports can be found below or in the document library.

Useful links and further information

For more information and to find out how to report CSE in Cambridgeshire please click here.

For materials specifically relevant to Cambridgeshire please click here.

For further national information and guidance on CSE please click here.


All of the following reports can also be found in the document library