public service vs. social service

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Dear friends,

What is the difference between "public service" and "social service"?
I was searching for government facilities provided for its people that I come across these two.

Thank you
  • Thomas Tompion

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Public service means work for the government, in any capacity - civil servants.

    Social service means work usually to help people with social problems, helping people handle bereavement, difficult children, divorce, problems with moving to a new area, immigrants, etc. It may involve people paid by the government, but one could have private social workers.
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