Definition of social service in English:

social service


social services
  • 1Government services provided for the benefit of the community, such as education, medical care, and housing:

    [as modifier] ‘a social services department’
    • ‘Some will argue that we should distinguish between health and social services.’
    • ‘A rapid response scheme for acute care at home was put in place jointly by health and social services.’
    • ‘Council departments, including social services and housing, are also kept up to speed.’
    • ‘This year about one quarter of the increase in the council tax was to pay for social services improvements.’
    • ‘Once she became an addict her daughter Aoife was taken into care by social services.’
    • ‘The museums have consistently lost out in council spending to education and social services.’
    • ‘She called on the council's social services department to help out recently when the money ran out.’
    • ‘Health and social services trusts bear the hallmarks of traditional welfare activity.’
    • ‘The government is demanding record spending on education and social services.’
    • ‘One of the primary steps is to create separate departments for housing and social services.’
    • ‘He said the council would protect vulnerable users of education and social services first.’
    • ‘He wanted to get in touch with social services and find ways of getting state benefits.’
    • ‘The county council runs major services like education and social services.’
    • ‘He said educational groups and some social services would also be affected by the cuts.’
    • ‘Without carers, the burden on local health and social services would increase greatly.’
    • ‘A Good Samaritan cared for the boy for two days until social services took over.’
    • ‘Disabled children have won a High Court battle in the fight to save the social services they receive.’
    • ‘The children were on the Child Protection Register and were often visited by social services.’
    • ‘Finally, buses are a key part of our transport network - they are not part of the social services.’
    • ‘It is however a matter for the social services authority whether he needs care and attention.’
    1. 1.1[mass noun] Activity aiming to promote the welfare of others:
      ‘private money is significant for some areas of voluntary social service’
      • ‘Massive lay-offs, tax hikes and cutbacks in every kind of social service are in the offing.’
      • ‘Edward Johns Urwick was a religious fanatic who approached social service as a philosopher.’
      • ‘The freedom struggle and his zest for social service forced him to plunge into politics at the age of 17.’
      • ‘In fact the YMCA needs the support of one and all to achieve its goals of social service.’
      • ‘As a state-owned company, Pelni must fulfill two purposes: social service and business service.’
      • ‘Our reforming party had a proud record of social service and we boasted about it.’
      • ‘His association with the Mahatma encouraged him to take up social service.’
      • ‘The major contribution of the Church to Kerala society has been in the areas of education and social service.’
      • ‘This valuable social service receives no state funding and is financed through fund raising.’
      • ‘She herself is a retired officer of United India Insurance, but has managed to keep herself busy with social service.’
      • ‘That will generate a spirit of social service in their minds.’
      • ‘Given his quest for excellence and passion for social service, it's not too surprising for all those who knew him.’
      • ‘For some of the staff at the company, their work is akin to a form of industrial social service.’
      • ‘Like other groups, too, they turned to pre-existing systems of social service.’
      • ‘We have a very strong tradition of community and social service.’
      • ‘Advancing age has not dampened his enthusiasm for social service.’
      • ‘Not many knew about his interest in art, culture and music or social service.’
      • ‘This is just one of the programmes initiated for celebrating 25 years of social service at Abhayam.’
      • ‘Sometimes I think when you are nurse you perform social service.’
      • ‘However, poverty has never deterred him from doing social service.’