YOUNG people from across Scotland will mark World Children’s Day by grilling the First Minister.

Holyrood will open its doors to a group of around 30 children as they celebrate the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) today.

The day will start with a round table discussion, where the children will be able to voice their concerns on a range of topics to the leaders of Holyrood’s three main parties: SNP leader and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Labour leader Richard Leonard and Tory interim leader Jackson Carlaw.

The youngsters will also quiz the leaders on the incorporation of the UNCRC into Scots law – a pledge made by the Scottish Government in last year’s Programme For Government.

Organisers Unicef hope the Bill will be introduced and passed in time for the next World Children’s Day in 2020.

Hannah Richardson, a 13-year-old who is due to take part in the event, said it is important for adults to listen to the younger generation.

“If adults deserve a voice, then so do children,” she said.

“Instead of waiting for children to grow up and use their voices, adults should listen now because really it just means the world will get better, quicker for adults and children.”

She added: “It’s important that children have rights because rights are not there to let us boss our parents or adults around.

“They are there to protect us from harm and help us grow up safe and happy.

“I have been really lucky to be able to travel to the United Nations in Geneva to represent children from Scotland.

“Having the opportunity to travel around Scotland and visit children in schools to ask them what they knew about these rights and what rights they thought were most important was a highlight.”